TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Hamilton man was convicted by a jury on Tuesday of robbery and a weapons offense, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
On February 25, 2020, a Mercer County jury found Dwayne Penix, 40, of Hamilton, guilty of one count of first-degree robbery and one count of fourth-degree possession of an imitation firearm for an unlawful purpose.
On December 23, 2017, Penix robbed the Family Dollar on Greenwood Avenue in Hamilton Township. While wearing a black mask and gray rain suit, Penix threatened the cashier with a silver object she thought to be a firearm, grabbed the entire cash register and fled the store. About 12 minutes after the robbery, Penix’s vehicle was stopped and after executing a search warrant of Penix’s vehicle, Hamilton police located a gray rain jacket in the trunk matching the description of the rain jacket depicted on Family Dollar’s video surveillance system. A block away from the Family Dollar, in the backyard of a vacant house, Hamilton police located a black mask on the ground next to Family Dollar’s cash register and the imitation firearm used in the robbery. The black mask was submitted to New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences and testing revealed the mask to contain Penix’s DNA.
Penix is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17. He faces a state prison sentence of 10 to 20 years, subject to the No Early Release Act.
Assistant Prosecutors Scott Gershman and Michael Nardelli represented the state during the five-day trial before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Darlene J. Pereksta. The defendant was represented by Mark Fury, Esq.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)— On Thursday February 20, 2020 around 7:12 pm. the Robbinsville Township Police Department received a call for two cars broken into at Jersey Strong on Route 130. While responding one of the victims whose car was broken into received information via cell phone application their credit card was used at Rite-Aid on Route 33. Robbinsville Police responded to Rite-Aid to gather evidence as well as check other surrounding stores for the suspect. Robbinsville police quickly checked other stores and found a person matching the description in Walgreens on Route 33 and was noticed gathering gift cards and put them back when police arrived. Police located subject and subject and had in possession credit cards from the broken into vehicles at Jersey Strong. Robbinsville Township Police have charged Paige Leddick, Age 19 from Middle Village, NY with two counts of theft. Patrolwoman Allisoin Ricci was the investigating officer. Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Theft (two separate vehicles) Date: February 20, 2020 Time: 1912 Location: Jersey Strong Reporting Officer: Patrolwoman Allison Ricci
Accused: Paige Leddick Age 19 Middle Village NY Charged: 2 Counts of theft Charged and released pending Court.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (February 25, 2020) – The lawsuit filed by Hamilton Township under the administration of former mayor Kelly Yaede against Robbinsville regarding past sewer charges has been dismissed without prejudice.
The suit, filed August 20, 2019, could be reinstituted if the two townships cannot come to an agreement, but that is not likely. Robbinsville had filed a formal denial of the allegations in the lawsuit, and the two sides were set for mediation at the time the suit was dismissed, per a Trentonian report Monday.
“We will be doing the rate study and letting the professionals come up with a fair and equitable solution,” Mayor Fried said Monday. “It’s easy to work with your neighbors when they do what they say they will.”
Soundly defeated by Jeff Martin in November, yaede had rejected calls for an independent sewer rate study after initially saying she supported the action. That rate study will now go forward.
Hamilton filed suit in New Jersey Superior Court August 26, 2019, claiming Robbinsville owed its sewer utility $2.8 million, this despite never producing an official invoice to back that purported debt.
Yaede falsely claimed in an interview with the Hamilton Post Aug. 22 that Robbinsville’s usage of the sewer system has increased, from 15.9 percent in 2016 to 19 percent in 2019, but yet again provided no proof of increased flow, and never presented her Township Council with any documentation or proof that Robbinsville owed anything.
Hamilton operates a regional wastewater treatment facility serving residents of both Hamilton and Robbinsville. The sewage is ultimately treated at Hamilton’s Water Pollution Control plant before being discharged into Crosswicks Creek. Hamilton and Robbinsville have had a joint sewer agreement since 1976. Hamilton originally agreed to the rate study, which Robbinsville has repeatedly offered to pay half the cost of.
“The rate study would reveal with real data what is fair and reasonable for both towns,” Mayor Fried added. “We want to be a good neighbor and pay our fair share.”
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1700 Block of South Broad Street tonight for a house of fire around 9:30 pm. Upon arrival, the first officer reported smoke showing from the 2nd floor and called an “All Hands” sending additional help to the scene as well as covers from surrounding towns. Crews searched for occupants and stretched a 1 3/4 landline to the 2nd floor where they found a fire in the wall. Firefighters located the base of the fire and quickly extinguished the fire as well as any extension. The fire was declared officially under control at 9:57 pm.
The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal and Hamilton Township Building Department Electrical Inspector were on scene investigating.
MANALAPAN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown FFA held a wreath laying ceremony for the first FFA National President from Freehold, NJ today the 2nd day of FFA Week. This has been a tradition tracked back in Allentown FFA scrap books as far as 1975.
Applegate was elected first FFA president in 1928 (Called New Farmers of America in 1928) First National FFA Convention is held in Kansas City, Mo.: 33 delegates from 18 states (Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin) are in attendance.