UPDATE: Driving While Intoxicated Leads To Car Sunk Into Lake Mercer By Boathouse

Police want you to know; “If you have had too many alcohol beverages to drink during this holiday weekend, we urge you to make alternate arrangements instead of driving yourself.  These type of incidents only put many others at risk.”

July 4, 2020 update at 1:30 pm


WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—At 11:19 pm West Windsor Police and Mercer County Rangers were detailed to 1 South Post Road at the Mercer County Boat Ramp next to the Mercer County Boathouse for a vehicle submerged in Lake Mercer. Patrol Units initially met with the operator of the vehicle, identified at Lauren K. Engel of Dumont, NJ who had escaped from her underwater 2010 Nissan Rogue. The West Windsor Division of Fire and Emergency Services, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company, Hightstown Dive Team, and Grover’s Mill Towing were detailed to the scene to search and locate the vehicle and determine if any others were in the vehicle.

It was determined the Engel sustained a minor injury and no other persons had been inside of the sunken Rogue. Engel was evaluated by members of the West Windsor Emergency Services and declined transport to a hospital.

The initial investigation revealed that Engel had been attempting to exit the Mercer County Park during a heavy rainstorm possibly up to (2) hours earlier. The delay was due to Engel having no means to contact the WWPD or anyone else at that time of night during a storm and given her secluded location. Ptl. Caulfield, the Lead Investigator, determined Engel to be Driving While Intoxicated at the scene. Engle was transported to the WWPD for processing. Grover’s Mill Towing retrieved the underwater Nissan which sustained sever water damage. The retrieving of the submerged vehicle took over (2) hours.

Traffic Officer Brown is the Lead Investigator in this collision while Ptl. Caulfield is the Lead Investigator into the DWI portion of the collaborative investigation. The driver was issued summonses for DWI, Reckless Driving, Carless Driving by Ptl. Caulfield, and released pending a future date at the West Windsor Township Municipal Court.

None of the first responders of the owner-operators of the Grover’s Mill Towing were injured during the search for additional persons or retrieval of the Rogue.  

The incident is still under investigation by the West Windsor Township Police Traffic Division. If you have any information of substance, please contact Traffic Officer Brown at Brown@westwindsorpolice.com or Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com

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Full press release from West Windsor Police here: http://local.nixle.com/alert/8095604/

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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Car Fire On Route 33 In Hamilton Quickly Extinguished

July 2, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the 1900 Block of Route 33 West near George Dye Road at 8:25 pm for a well involved car fire. Firefighters from Stations 17 and 12 quickly knocked down the fire. Hamilton Township Police directed traffic around the scene since the car fire was in the lane of travel. There were no injures in the fire. No other information is available.

When Will “Enough Be Enough”? – Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigating Wednesday Night Murder In Trenton, Ewing Man Is 17th Person Dead In 2020

MidJersey.News believes this is the at least the 17th homicide in the City of Trenton in 2020 according to our count.

See earlier today MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Another Shooting Last Night In Trenton

July 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating a shooting that occurred in Trenton Wednesday night that resulted in the death of a Ewing man.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on July 1, 2020, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation in the 100 block of North Hermitage Avenue, but were unable to locate a scene.  Around the same time, a shooting victim, identified as Covvie Scott, 24, was brought to the hospital in a private vehicle and pronounced dead shortly before midnight.

Police are also investigating a motor vehicle accident at West State and Calhoun streets that occurred around the same time that is believed to be related to the shooting.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department continue to investigate both incidents.  Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org

And the list grows: Other Recent Trenton Shooting and Homicide Stories: (There has been a lot more gun violence, stabbings and shootings but these are ones we have enough information to report on)

Arrest Made In Trenton Stabbing Homicide

Trenton Stabbing Victim Identified, 16 Dead In 2020 So Far In The City

BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

16 Members & Associates of Violent Trenton-Based “Get Money Boys” Gang Linked to Four Shootings in Last 10 Months

BREAKING: A City Of Shootings, 24 Hours After City Officials And Leaders Exclaimed “Enough Is Enough!” Another Shooting

“Enough Is Enough!” Trenton Council President Kathy McBride, After 2 Children And 1 Man Shot, One Other Child Injured By Running Away From Gunfire

UPDATE: Blood Continues To Spill In City Gun Violence As Another Man Killed By Multiple Gunshot Wounds

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

Trenton Shooting Victim Identified From Yesterday’s Shooting

Trenton Body Count Increases To 15 As Carnage Continues In The City

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

BREAKING: Reported Another Shooting In Trenton As Gun Violence Plagues City

Reports Of A Shooting Last Night In Trenton at Rowan Towers

Trenton Man Dead From April 14th Shooting At Kingsbury Towers

Update: 25 Year Old Trenton Man Dead In PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Large Crowd From Trenton, NJ Involved in PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Trenton Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder

Developing Story: Trenton Shooting Victim From This Afternoon Identified

BREAKING: One Shot Dead; The Carnage Continues As Shootings Ravage City

Hamilton Teen Killed By Gun Violence In Trenton

BREAKING: Bloodbath In Trenton Continues, 1 Dead 1 Critical In Another Shooting

Bullets Continue To Fly, Three Hours After Mayor Releases Statement About Violence In The City

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

BREAKING: Shooting Blood Bath Continues, In Trenton This Morning

Breaking: 2 Shot at Kingsbury Towers In Trenton

Trenton Man Arrested in Hoffman Avenue Homicide

Trenton Mayor Gusciora And City Officials Address April 5th Violence

BREAKING NEWS: 3rd Multi-Shooting Tonight In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS: Another Shooting In Trenton Tonight

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting In Trenton One Possible Fatal And One Serious

BREAKING: Police Investigate Shooting On Trenton/Hamilton Border

More Trenton Shootings at this link

BREAKING: Another Shooting Last Night In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Once official information is released story will be updated

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A reported shooting occurred around 10:15 pm last night in the 100 Block of North Hermitage Avenue. The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Once further details are released will update the story.

Arrest Made in Trenton Stabbing Homicide

July 1, 2020

SEE JUNE 21, 2020 MIDJERSEY.NEWS STORY HERE: BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man charged with the June 21, 2020 murder of Robert Neal in Trenton was arrested this morning in North Carolina, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Martel Tilghman, 36, is charged with murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.  There is no scheduled court appearance at this time.  He was arrested Wednesday morning in Greensboro, NC, by members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.  The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.

Just before 9 p.m. on June 21, 2020, Trenton police received several calls for a street fight and a male stabbed in the 200 block of Rosemont Avenue.  Officers arrived on scene and located the victim, later identified as Neal, suffering from stab wounds to the abdomen.  He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced a short time later.

The investigation revealed that an altercation occurred during a party at a residence on Rosemont Avenue and the suspect struck a female.  Neal attempted to intervene when the verbal altercation became physical and he was stabbed.  A second male victim was also cut with a knife during the scuffle.

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

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Criminal Charges Brought In Edison Fatal Motorcycle Crash

July 1, 2020

EDISON, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced today that a driver has been charged for striking and killing a motorcyclist on June 27, 2020.

Roland Q. Lyles, 31, of Orange, was arrested and charged on June 27, 2020 with aggravated assault in the second degree. The charges were upgraded today, following the death of the victim, to aggravated manslaughter in the first degree, vehicular homicide in the second degree, and driving with a suspended license and causing the death of another person in the third degree. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses including driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.

 The deceased motorcyclist was identified as Richard Diaz, 51, of Brooklyn, New York.

During the investigation it was determined that on June 27, 2020 at approximately 2:19 am, Lyles was driving a white Nissan Sentra traveling northbound on Route 1 near Grandview Avenue at a high rate of speed when he struck the victim’s motorcycle. Diaz was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick following the crash. He died on June 30, 2020 from his injuries.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dominick Masi of the Edison Police Department at (732) 248-7400, or Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.

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

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UPDATED: Fatal Accident Investigation In Monroe Township

July 1, 2020

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Monroe Township Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred on Route 33 around 1:15 pm. The accident happened in the 900 Block of NJ Rt 33 which is east of Bently Road.

Police said, a 2019 Hyundai Tuscon driven by 72 year old, Marc A. Mandelkorn of Monroe Township was traveling West bound on Route 33 just East of the intersection of Bentley Road. The Hyundai Tuscon left the roadway for an unknown reason then struck a NJ State DOT tractor that was mowing the median. The vehicle then crossed over the Eastbound lane and came to rest in the shoulder of Route 33 East.

Upon arrival of first responders the driver was found unconscious and medical aid was rendered. The driver was transported to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ and was later pronounced deceased, police said.

The crash is being investigated by Sergeant Anthony Trohalides and Officer Daniel Mosakowski of the Monroe Township Police Traffic Safety Division. Anyone who might have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Traffic Safety Division at 732-521-0222 Ext: 126

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Ciccone Sworn In As Middlesex County Prosecutor

July 1, 2020

Yolanda Ciccone, of Metuchen, the former Assignment Judge of Somerset County, was sworn in today as Prosecutor of Middlesex County during a brief ceremony officiated by retired Judge and former Prosecutor Alan A. Rockoff.

In June 2020, Governor Phil Murphy nominated Yolanda Ciccone to be the Prosecutor of Middlesex County. She was confirmed by the Senate on June 15, 2020, beginning a five-year term as the county prosecutor.

 Prosecutor Ciccone began her legal career in 1980 as a law clerk to the Hon. John E. Bachman J.S.C. and Hon. Theodore Appleby, J.S.C. In September of 1981, Prosecutor Ciccone began working as an Assistant  Prosecutor in Middlesex County.

During her ten years in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Prosecutor Ciccone had a number of different duties including Chief of the Juvenile Division, advisor to the Narcotics and Gambling Task Force, oversaw the Hate Crimes Task Force and negotiated memorandums of understanding with 23 of the Middlesex County school districts.

In October of 1991 Governor Jim Florio nominated Prosecutor Ciccone to the Superior Court, Middlesex County. During her tenure as a Superior Court Judge, Ciccone served in the Family, Criminal and Civil Divisions. She was the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division from 2005 to 2006.

In September of 2006 Chief Justice Deborah Poritz selected Ciccone to be the Assignment Judge of Vicinage 13 compromising Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties.         

Prosecutor Ciccone earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ,  and is a graduate of  Douglass College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Following her being sworn into office, Prosecutor Ciccone swore in assistant prosecutors, detectives, and staff who work in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office via a virtual ceremony.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office oversees 26 municipal and university/college police departments as well as the County Sheriff’s Department and is amongst the busiest in the state. The office handles more than 6,500 criminal complaints annually, has a budget of $20.7 million and employs just over 200 people.

BREAKING: Police Evacuating Homes On Cedar Court In South Brunswick Due To Gas Leak

July 1, 2020

Update: 12:58 pm, command reports gas has been shut off and going to start letting people back in their homes.

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Due to a gas leak caused by a car striking the gas lines on a building on Cedar Court, police are evacuating homes in that vicinity.

Please avoid the area for the next four hours to allow police, fire, and EMS to address the emergency. 


Construction Of Meadowbrook Trail Connection To Begin July 6

July 1, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Construction of the Meadowbrook Trail connection along Tantum Park is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 7.
The project includes close to 2,000 feet of asphalt for walking and biking on the south side of Meadowbook Road and will feature improved road crossings, including a blinking light on the far east end.
Construction of the new path is expected to take 14 days, with the crossing features completed soon thereafter. Motorists should expect some lane restrictions during this time.
The Meadowbrook Trail Connection is being paid for by a NJ Department of Transportation grant.

NJ State Troopers Donate 928 Pounds of Food To Mercer Street Friends

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday, members of the New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards donated 928 pounds of food to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.

Troopers have been collecting donated items over that last several weeks. And this year’s efforts will help many Jersey residents in need!

Last year, Mercer Street Friends supplied families with 4.5 million pounds of food with the assistance of 2,900 volunteers.

During COVID-19 Mercer Street Friends has continued to provide meals to families in need and this donation will continue help to feed families in the area.

To learn more about Mercer Street Friends please visit

MidJersey.News Sees Increased Growth

July 1, 2020

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2020 BlueClaws, Minor League Baseball Seasons Cancelled

July 1, 2020

LAKEWOOD, NJ (OCEAN)–The BlueClaws shared the unfortunate news today that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, and with it the 2020 BlueClaws season, has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is news that we had hoped we wouldn’t have to share, but unfortunately we will not be playing baseball at the Jersey Shore this summer,” said BlueClaws Team President Joe Ricciutti.

This decision was made with the interests of fan, player, coach, and staff safety at the forefront.

“We understand and cherish our place as a much-needed outlet for fun and entertainment across our communities, but we also understand and support the need to prioritize the public health crisis,” said Art Matin, the managing partner of BlueClaws ownership group Shore Town Baseball.

BlueClaws ticket package holders will be contacted by staff members to go over their options. Additionally, BlueClaws ticket staff members will coordinate with group leaders that have booked 2020 outings as well. Those that have tickets as part of a group outing should wait to hear from their group leader directly.

Communication from BlueClaws staff members will begin on Wednesday morning, and the team asks that ticket holders be patient as the BlueClaws work through outreach on an individual basis.

“We thank each of our ticket package holders and group leaders for their patience while we waited for a resolution,” said Ricciutti. “This has been a trying time for us all and we want to make sure that each ticket holder hears directly from the BlueClaws.”

2020 was to be the 20th season in BlueClaws history with much planned to celebrate. The team will shift many of these 20th season promotions into 2021.

“We are already working on making 2021 the biggest and most exciting season in team history,” said Ricciutti. “We’ll just celebrate our 20th season and our 20th anniversary all together!”

Matin added: “The BlueClaws have many amazing fans and partners and we appreciate each and every one of them. We had lots of plans to celebrate our 20th season this year. Our message is simple – we want everyone to stay healthy and we can’t wait to open the gates and welcome people from across the Jersey Shore for some family entertainment and great baseball.”

A 2021 BlueClaws schedule has not yet been released. The team will announce their 2021 schedule, complete with the 2021 Opening Night, when available.

FirstEnergy Park executive offices remain closed to the general public as of today, though staff is working remotely. Please check BlueClaws.com and the team’s social media channels for additional information.

The BlueClaws are the Jersey Shore’s top stop for affordable, family entertainment and have drawn 7.7 million fans to FirstEnergy Park since their 2001 inception.

2020 Thunder Season Canceled Due to COVID-19

The Trenton Thunder presented by NJM, has announced in conjunction with MLB that our 2020 season has been canceled.

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–“We are disappointed to share with our fans and partners that the 2020 season has been canceled due to COVID-19,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley. “Our staff is already making exciting plans for your Trenton Thunder baseball to return Bigger, Better and Safer than ever in April 2021. We look forward to hosting all the smiles at the newly upgraded ARM & HAMMER Park, home of the best entertainment in the region in a very safe environment. Our entire Thunder family of fans and sponsors will be a part of the Great Comeback of your Trenton Thunder when we celebrate together the 2021 season on the banks of the Delaware River.”

The Thunder will continue our bat dog tradition in 2021 with Rookie and Dash. A must see for all fans will be the big day Dash retrieves his first bat! The “Home of the Four Day Weekend” will return for the 2021 season with Thursday Night Fireworks, Thirsty Thursday, Case’s Pork Roll Fridays, Saturday Night Fireworks and Kids’ Sundays. Re-imagined on-field promotions will be introduced during the season and the new Thummers Parade will take place after each first inning with Boomer and his newly added Thunder mascot friends marching throughout the ballpark with fans free to join in the fun.

Fun filled giveaways will continue in 2021 at ARM & HAMMER Park. You will want to plan your summer for the return of the Thunder Firework Spectacular shows along with many new giveaways.

Delicious Hot Dogs and Pork Roll will be the staple at the ballpark and fans will continue to enjoy Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries as well as other new and improved food choices. We are planning some new desserts that are already added to the menu. Fans (21 and over) will be able to grab an ice cold beer from one of 55 different taps located on the concourse at ARM & HAMMER Park and all fans will enjoy our new zone called The District filled with games, Hi-Tops, and more craft beer selections.

Any fan holding individual tickets for the 2020 season can exchange their tickets for any game during the 2021 season based upon availability. Trenton Thunder Makes Members and Groups will earn a credit for the 2021 season off the tickets purchased from the 2020 season. Any ticket holder can request a credit by filling out the form here. If you have questions or would like to request additional information about tickets, please email fun@trentonthunder.com.

BREAKING: Body Recovered From Delaware River In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Information provided is from on scene reports and other sources. If official information is released the story will be updated.

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Fire Department, Mercer Paramedics and TEMS were detailed to the Trenton Boat Ramp on Lamberton Road just after 4:00 pm today for a victim in the water. Upon arrival at the boat ramp crews were informed that it was a “body recovery”

No further information is available at this time.

MidJersey.News has reached out to officials for further information and awaiting a reply. If a reply is received with additional information the story will be updated.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Trenton Creates First LGBTQ Liaison Position Within Office of Citizen Concerns

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–As LGBTQ Pride Month comes to a close, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced the creation of an LGBTQ Liaison position to better assist Trenton’s LGBTQ residents and advocate for policies that support their community.

“For urban areas like Trenton, LGBTQ youth, elders, and people of color are particularly marginalized when it comes to homelessness, addiction services, and mental healthcare,” said Mayor Gusciora. “A lack of accurate data concerning LGBTQ residents can result in related social programs missing their mark. We created this new position to better assess the needs of our LGBTQ community and connect them with the critical services they need the most.”

The LGBTQ Liaison, created by an Executive Order signed by Mayor Gusciora today, augments the efforts of the Mayor’s Office of Citizen Concerns by working directly with LGBTQ residents, students, and employees of the City of Trenton to ensure any issues relevant to the LGBTQ community are addressed in a respectful and timely manner. Rick Kavin, who currently serves as an Aide to Mayor Gusciora, will assume this new role.

Kavin, a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University studying and teaching constitutional law and LGBTQ Politics, first came to the Mayor’s Office in January 2019 as a Harold and Reba Martin Fellow from the Eagleton Institute of Politics. In addition, Kavin currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Pride Center of New Jersey located in Highland Park, which provides social support, engaging programming, and other resources for New Jersey’s LGBTQ community.

Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to New Jersey from 16 States

Sixteen States Include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from eight additional states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of Tuesday, June 30, there are currently 16 states total that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Nevada; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; and Utah.

“If an individual is traveling to New Jersey from one of these sixteen states, he or she should self-quarantine period of 14 days,” said Governor Murphy. “Our collective efforts to flatten the curve and beat the virus, in coordination with our neighbors in New York and Connecticut, have led to a steady decline in COVID-19 positive cases, hospitalizations, and rate of transmission. However, many states across the country are experiencing a significant uptick in this data and we must remain vigilant to continue our progress against the virus. I urge those who are arriving from a hot spot to get a COVID-19 test while they are here to ensure their health and safety, and that of those around them.”

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. 

Travelers and residents returning from impacted states typically will not need to check-in with public health officials, unless otherwise they are involved in contract tracing efforts or required to do so by their employer or any other federal, state or local law or order. It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine.

The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.

BREAKING: Wildwood 4th Of July Fireworks Canceled

June 30, 2020

Wildwood may be out of our normal coverage area but since many people from our area vacation there information is provided below:

WILDWOOD, NJ (CAPE MAY)–The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) and the City of Wildwood are disappointed to announce the cancellation of July 4th fireworks in the interest of public safety.

Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron and Commissioners Mikulski and Fitzsimons are making the call in an effort to discourage large gatherings on what is traditionally the busiest holiday of the year which also happens to fall on the busiest day of the week: Saturday.

“Wildwood is ready, willing and able to produce a spectacular fireworks show,” stated Mayor Pete Byron. “However, as we’ve seen with the delay of opening indoor dining this week, the public is not adequately following Covid-19 public safety rules such as social distancing. We can’t take a chance that Wildwood sees a spike in cases and shuts down our businesses who have already suffered immensely due to closures.”

“Even though we moved the location to the widest part of the Wildwoods, we expect large crowds to gather in and around Rio Grande Avenue for the display,” said Commissioner of Public Safety, Steve Mikulski. “We cannot take the chance that the public will be unable to practice social distancing due to crowds.”

Commissioner Fitzsimons said, “We are hopeful that the City, GWTIDA and SID [Boardwalk Special Improvement District] can come to some resolution for the Friday Night Fireworks that the city and visitors have come to know and love since 1995. We expect a decision on that in the near future.”

One Injured In NJ Turnpike Accident

June 30, 2020

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Around 11 am Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Bordentown Township Fire Department were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike at 56.1 north bound inner roadway for an accident with reported fire. Upon arrival Bordentown Township firefighters found a single car accident with one person needing transport. The Robbinsville Fire Department ambulance transported one person to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. No further information about the accident was available.

BREAKING: Joe Pop’s Shore Bar And Restaurant Closes For Summer 2020 Will Return 2021

June 30, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ (OCEAN)–A summer favorite Joe Pop’s Shore Bar and Restaurant announced via Facebook they are going to close for the rest of 2020 and will return for the 2021 season. Where will we see The Nerds play the rest of the summer and summer closing party Labor Day Weekend?

German American Kickers Return To Play And Announce Summer Camp In August

June 30, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Youth sports have been slowly returning to the fields of New Jersey since the COVID-19 crisis the past few months. The German American Kickers of Mercer County has started practice and plans to resume playing games in the next few weeks and hosting a camp at the end of August.

The German American Kickers has entered a partnership with Schaechter Sports, a youth soccer development organization based in Germany. The organization brings in a high level of youth development, coach education, cultural and player opportunities in Germany as well as bringing a European style youth summer camp to the central NJ region.

The main goal of the partnership is for the GAK to continue to provide high level soccer experience and leverage additional opportunities for players in central New Jersey. Under the partnership, GAK will receive consultation services, coach training, age appropriate curriculum, and opportunities to travel to Germany to participate in competitive tournaments and training sessions with first division professional Bundesliga clubs. The exclusive partnership allows both organizations to work closely with each other while maintaining their own identity. The initial term of the partnership will be for three years with the option and intention to grow the partnership and continuously renew thereafter.

The relationship between German American Kickers and Schaechter Sports started last year and led to a highly successful summer camp. The camp was coached by two highly qualified UEFA licensed coaches, Marcus Becker and David Mueller, who traveled to New Jersey from Germany for two weeks to coach the camp and manage the staff. Marcus Becker is a former professional player, a UEFA “A” licensed coach and former Real Madrid youth academy coach. David Mueller is the location manager for Schaechter’s US presence. He is also a UEFA “B” licensed coach and talent identification recruiter and was responsible for identifying Weston McKennie of the US National Team. The camp will be offered again this year at German American Kickers in late August.

The German American Kickers Sports Chairman, Paul Bette, explains that, “We are excited about working closer with Schaechter Sports because the partnership is consistent with German American Kickers’s mission to provide a positive and very competitive soccer experience at an affordable price. This unique program differentiates us from other clubs throughout the entire state and will be a draw for our club.”

For more information about the German American Kickers click here

For more information about Schaechter Sports of Germany click here

Truck Takes Down Wires On Gordon Road

June 29, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 11:00 pm tonight a truck collided with a utility pole in the 300 block of Gordon Road. The truck then continued on after cracking the utility pole in half and ripping down wires. The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating. Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) and Verizon have been contacted for repairs. One lane is expected to be shut down until the pole can be replaced.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Temporarily Pausing the Resumption of Indoor Dining


June 29, 2020


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 158, temporarily pausing the resumption of indoor dining, which had been scheduled to resume later this week.  The Order also prohibits the consumption of food or beverages and smoking in the indoor premises of any retail, recreational, or entertainment business, including casinos, where masks are strictly required.  The Order notes that there is an exception for health and safety, such as an individual briefly removing their mask to drink water.

“Unfortunately, the spike in cases in numerous other states, compounded by instances of non-compliance in New Jersey, require us to hit pause on the restart of indoor dining indefinitely,” said Governor Murphy. “I recognize that there are many establishments whose owners, managers, and customers have been responsible, but we cannot move forward unless there is complete compliance. Throughout every step of our restart, we have been clear that we would not hesitate to hit pause to safeguard public health, and this is one of those times.”

In light of today’s Order, the Department of Health issued an updated Executive Directive for food and beverage establishments, which will be continue to be restricted to in-person service at outdoor areas only.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 158, please click here.

For a copy of the Department of Health’s updated Executive Directive for restaurants, please click here.

Indoor Dining Postponed

June 29, 2020

SEE UPDATED MIDJERSEY.NEWS STORY HERE AND EXECUTIVE ORDER: Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Temporarily Pausing the Resumption of Indoor Dining

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Murphy just announced that indoor dining reopening has been postponed. Further information to follow.


We had planned to loosen restrictions this week. However, after #COVID19 spikes in other states driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining, we have decided to postpone indoor dining indefinitely.”

We’re also moved to pause indoor dining because of what we’ve seen in some establishments across the state.

Overcrowding. A complete disregard for social distancing. Very few, IF ANY, face coverings.

The scenes we see in our newspapers and on social media CANNOT CONTINUE.

We have been cautious throughout every step of our restart.

We’ve always said that we would not hesitate to hit pause if needed to safeguard public health.

This is one of those times.

Check out this recent scene in Jersey City, thanks to places like this the rest of NJ must suffer:

Robbinsville Firefighters Participate In Specialized Tactical Emergency Training

June 29, 2020

Photos and story by: Emergency  Education & Development, LLC

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Yesterday Robbinsville Township Fire Department’s A-platoon joined other agencies from across the state in Allentown NJ and attended a tactical EMS class put on by Emergency Education & Development, LLC of Edgewater Park NJ; titled Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.

This class incorporates combat style military care and civilian EMS operations to prepare responders to respond to Active Shooter/Hostile Incidents as part of a Rescue Task Force concept. The instructors were Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics and Police Officers with over 100 years of emergency service experience.

Students were faced with real life scenarios with “causalities” mocked up looking like real life injuries and face real life skill stations while wearing ballistic person protective gear such as mock tactical vests with ballistic helmets.

Trenton Water Works Issues 2020 Water Quality Report

Trenton Water serves Trenton, Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, Lawrence

June 29, 2020

SEE OTHER MIDJERSEY.NEWS Stories on Trenton Water Here:

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TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Water Works, the public water system that serves approximately 250,000 consumers in a five-municipality service area in Mercer County, today issued its 2020 Water Quality Report.

“The report provides an informative summary of our drinking water quality,” said Michael Walker, TWW’s Chief of Communications and Community Relations. “Consumers can also read about TWW’s work to reduce exposure to lead, our success in eliminating disinfection byproducts, active capital projects, and how our public water system operates.”

The 2020 Water Quality Report was mailed to TWW’s 63,000 customers, published online, and distributed to other parts of the water utility’s service area, as is required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations. 

The report can be downloaded from TWW’s website at www.trentonwaterworks.org/ccr. Service-area residents can request a mailed report by phoning the Office of Communications and Community Relations at (609) 989-3033.

Police Find Missing Juvenile After Search

June 28, 2020

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–After search Ewing Township Police find missing juvenile see below:

The juvenile was located in good health. Thank you.

Missing juvenile

The Ewing Police Department is currently looking for a missing 15 year old autistic male. He was last seen around 9:15 am in the Spring Meadows area of Ewing. He is described as being 5’7” and 140 pounds. He is believed to be on a blue BMX bike with blue tires. It is unknown what he is wearing. He frequents fast food establishments, Game Stop, and the track at TCNJ. He may be on his way to Best Buy in West Windsor. If observed, please call 911. Do not approach him. If you have seen him, please call 609-882-1313. Thank you.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

UPDATED: Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Bordentown

June 28, 2020 Updated June 29, 2020 at 10:30 am with full press release from Bordentown Township Police

Police are looking into initial reports from some of the motorcyclists stating a deer ran into the roadway, police are still investigating.

10:30 am press release, June 29, 2020:

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The Bordentown Township Police Department is investigating a fatal motorcycle collision which occurred on June 28, 2020 that resulted in the death of a 45 year-old male from Forked River, NJ.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the victim, Alexander Halsey – age 45 of Buena Vista Rd. Forked River, NJ, was traveling northbound on Rt. 206 with a group of motorcyclists in the area of the Comfort Inn Hotel at approximately 12:24 pm when he lost control of his 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle and crashed.  Halsey sustained severe life threatening injuries as a result of the collision and was transported by ambulance to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton where he was pronounced deceased at 1:26 pm.

Two (2) other motorcyclists, Kenneth Barner, age – 56 of Almonesson Rd. Deptford NJ, and George Wargo 3rd, age – 58 of Voyager Rd. Manahawkin NJ, also crashed as a result of this incident and were injured.  Barner was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment of a non-critical head laceration and Wargo was treated at the scene for an arm laceration.

Township Police continue to investigate the cause of this collision and anyone who witnessed or who has information regarding this incident is requested to contact Det. Anthony Nagle at 609-298-4300, ext. 2142.

June 28, 2020 Story:

BORDENTOWN, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Police said, officers responded around 12:24 pm in front of the Comfort Inn located at 1009 Rt. 206 for a motor vehicle collision involving a group of motorcycles that were traveling northbound on the highway when one was reportedly struck by a deer crossing the road. 

The operator of the struck motorcycle, a 45 year-old male from Forked River, NJ, had critical injuries and officers performed CPR and administered an AED but he later died at the hospital.  Two (2) other motorcyclists also suffered non-critical injuries.  Officers remain at the scene investigating the collision and a formal press release will be issued later once all next of kin are notified. Police said.

Information contains preliminary report from Bordentown Township Police a full news release will be out later today

Photos have been altered to protect those involved:

Another Busy Night With Accidents On The NJ Turnpike

June 28, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Several accidents have occurred on the NJ Turnpike this evening at 9:52 pm at Exit 8 in Hightstown a tractor trailer overturned with injures at the north bound on ramp to the NJTP. Hightstown Fire Department and Hightstown First Aid Squad were at the scene. Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded but was not needed.

At 3:07 am the Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to the NJ Turnpike at mile marker 59 for a single car accident with heavy front end damage. It appears one person was injured in this accident. The person was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.

Around 3:30 am in Cranbury at mile marker 70 Cranbury First Aid Squad responded to a motor vehicle accident with three injures. Patients from that accident were transported to Princeton Medical Center Plainsboro.

The night before a one year old child lost their life and 4 others were injured in a major accident in Cranbury.