Check Your Tickets $30,000 Ticket Sold In Trenton, NJ

June 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The NJ Lotter reports that there was one third-tier prizewinning ticket sold for the Tuesday, June 21, 2022 drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 prize. That ticket was purchase with the Megaplier option, multiplying the prize to $30,000. That ticket was purchased at Mr. Convenient & Variety Store, 1 East State St., Trenton in Mercer County.

In addition to the third-tier prize won, 19 players matched four of the five white balls drawn making each ticket worth $500. Two of those tickets were purchase with the Megaplier option, multiplying the prize to $1,500. Moreover, 28,552 other New Jersey players took home $129,236 in prizes ranging from $2 to $600. The winning numbers for the Tuesday, June 21, drawing were: 08, 13, 18, 32, and 42. The Gold Mega Ball was 20, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 03.


Five Employees Arrested at Club XXXV On Prostitution Charges And Money Laundering

June 22, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)-Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department announced today that a joint investigation with The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Office of Criminal Investigations of the New Jersey Treasury Department, has led to the arrests of five individuals who are employed at Club XXXV in Sayreville, New Jersey.

In May of 2021, a search warrant was executed at Club XXXV and evidence of prostitution was uncovered. During that search, employees of Club XXXV Jeannine Nichols and Jason Portes were arrested for promoting prostitution and Jennifer Hecker was arrested for promoting prostitution and the solicitation of prostitution as well as money laundering.

On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, as a result of the ongoing joint investigation, several search warrants were executed on residences and businesses associated with the investigation with the assistance of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anthony Acciardi Sr, 58, of Freehold, Anthony Acciardi Jr, 29, of Old Bridge and Doreen Acciardi, 55, of Freehold were charged with first-degree money laundering, second-degree promoting organized street crime, third- degree promoting prostitution and other criminal offenses. Angela Mancini, 32, of Colts Neck, was charged with first-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy and Jennifer Hecker was charged with third-degree promoting prostitution and a disorderly person’s offense of solicitation of prostitution.

The defendants have been released from the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center as the result of their pre-trial detention hearing that took place on June 21, 2022, in Superior Court.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Jason Mader of the Sayreville Police Department at (732) 727-4444, Detective Shadi Zaiton of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4263.

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


Photos below from 35 XXXV Gentlemen’s Club Facebook Page:





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NJ Forrest Fire Service Reports 95% Containment Of 13,500-Acre Wildfire In Wharton State Forest

June 22, 2022

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service reports that the Wharton State Forest – Mullica River Fire has reached 95 percent containment of a 13,500-acre wildfire at the Wharton State Forest in Washington, Shamong, Hammonton & Mullica Townships.

There is an ongoing investigation into an illegal campfire which has been determined to be the cause of the fire. Anyone with information can contact our Division B office at 609-726-9010.

✅ Road closures have been lifted.

✅ Atsion Recreation Area has reopened.

✅ Batsto Village has reopened.

⚠️ Hiking trails between Atsion and Batsto remain closed due to active fire activity.

⚠️ Kayaking and canoeing along the Mullica and Batsto Rivers remains closed between Atsion and Batsto. Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe trips.

⚠️ Wharton State Forest’s Mullica River Campground remains closed.

The fire was first spotted at 10:06 a.m. Sunday by a Forest Fire Service observer at the Batsto Fire Tower. The fire was fueled by breezy conditions and low humidity.

Structure protection was provided by local volunteer fire departments from Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties, we thank them for their assistance.

The public is advised that smoke may be visible for an extended period while firefighters continue to patrol and mop-up this wildfire. Motorists traveling in the area should remain cautious of smoke, firefighters and fire vehicles that may be working on nearby roadways.

This will be our final update on this fire unless there are significant developments.

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Helpful Wildfire Terminology

🔥 Wildfire – An uncontrolled fire burning the different types of vegetation that cover the land. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” after it exceeds 100 acres in size.

🔥 Containment – When reporting on a wildfire a percentage of containment will be given, which will state how much of the fireline has been completed.

🔥 Backfire – A fire intentionally set along the interior edge of a fireline by Forest Fire Service staff to consume fuel in the path of a wildfire and/or to change the direction of force of a fire’s convection column.

🔥 Fireline – The part of a containment or control line that is scraped or dug to mineral soil.

🔥 Threatened – Critical infrastructure, roads, homes and commercial buildings that are in the vicinity of a wildfire.



McDonald’s Of Trenton Celebrates “Thank You Crew” Nominee Ashanti Ross On World Music Day

June 21, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– Ashanti Ross has been recognized for her continuous dedication and service to McDonald’s customers at the McDonald’s of Trenton on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township. She recently used her musical talents to perform for guests at her McDonald’s location, providing a unique and meaningful experience for those who dined at the restaurant.  

McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ is a new nationwide campaign that invites customers across the country to recognize and celebrate McDonald’s crew and managers in their local restaurants that go above and beyond while inspiring others. To show their appreciation, store operators are hosting a one-of-a-kind thank you experience that is unique to each nominated Crew Member.

Ashanti held a performance and received a surprise celebration with her coworkers today, as she prepares to attend Berklee College of Music in the fall. Falling on World Music Day, this event aims to show appreciation for Ashanti’s commitment to McDonald’s and spotlight her musical abilities.

Ashanti Ross, McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ Nominee plays at the Trenton McDonalds on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township this morning. Above Photos by: Brian McCarthy

Ashanti was surprised with a celebration at her McDonald’s location where she was presented with a college prep gift basket and cake by Keith and Kevin Smolar, Trenton McDonald’s and The Smolar Group Inc. Restaurants Owner Operators, as well as the People Experience Lead for The Smolar Group, Katelyn Smolar, to show their appreciation for her commitment to customers and fellow crew members alike. Ashanti performed a wonderful in-store concert featuring violin covers of Arianna Grande, Drake and more, and even moved outside so guests in the drive-thru could hear her performance! She was also joined by Angela Yu, the Franchise Business Partner for the McDonald’s Corporation, for a piano and violin duet.

Falling on World Music Day, this event served to thank Ashanti for always going above and beyond at McDonald’s as part of their new ‘Thank You Crew’ initiative, where McDonald’s crew and managers are celebrated in their local restaurants for their inspiring service. Ashanti will be attending Berklee College of Music in the fall, and her McDonald’s family was proud to shed light on her musical abilities and give her the special crew celebration she deserves!


Ashanti Ross, McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ Nominee plays at the Trenton McDonalds on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township this morning. Above Photos by: Brian McCarthy


Above Photos by Brian McCarthy


Lawrenceville And Trenton Men Arrested For Theft And Desecration Of “Angel of Hope”

The pair scrapped the statue for $1,626.00 at a Philadelphia, PA, Scrapyard

June 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that on May 7, 2022, the “Angel of Hope” statue was stolen from in front of 140 N Warren St. in Trenton, New Jersey. During the course of the investigation, it was found that Kevin L. Hampton, 51 years of age from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Zachary Carey, 48 years of age from Trenton, New Jersey were identified, charged, and arrested for the theft. During the investigation. detectives found that in the early morning hours of May 5th the statue was cut from its base in front of St. Mary’s Church, loaded into Hampton’s GMC Sierra pickup truck, then taken to a scrapyard in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where Hampton and Carey scrapped the statue for $1,626.00

Both individuals were charged with Theft and Desecration of Venerated Objects.





File Photos by: Brian McCarthy


TPD Photo


Wildfire Update: NJ Forrest Fire Service Reports 13,500 Acre Fire Now 85% Contained, Routes 206 and 542 Reopen

June 21, 2022

The New Jersey Forrest Fire Service is reporting that continue to make substantial progress in containing a wildfire in Wharton State Forest – Washington, Shamong, Hammonton & Mullica Townships – which has reached 13,500 acres in size and is 85% contained.

ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES

✅ Route 206 – Reopened 11 a.m.

✅ Route 542 – Reopened 10 a.m.

Batsto Village, Atsion Recreation Area and all associated hiking and mountain bike trails remain closed to visitors. The Mullica River Campground and Lower Forge Campground are closed. Kayak and canoe launching along the Mullica River is closed from the Atsion Recreation Area to Batsto Village. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe trips.

18 structures are threatened. There are no reported injuries.

Motorists traveling in the area should remain cautious of smoke and watch for firefighters and fire vehicles that may be working on nearby roadways. Smoke impacts will remain elevated into the evening hours as winds diminish, and partial cloud cover moves over the area.

Please remember, “No Drones in Fire Zones – If YOU fly, WE can’t!”


Helpful Wildfire Terminology

🔥 Wildfire – An uncontrolled fire burning the different types of vegetation that cover the land. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” after it exceeds 100 acres in size.

🔥 Containment – When reporting on a wildfire a percentage of containment will be given, which will state how much of the fireline has been completed.

🔥 Backfire – A fire intentionally set along the interior edge of a fireline by Forest Fire Service staff to consume fuel in the path of a wildfire and/or to change the direction of force of a fire’s convection column.

🔥 Fireline – The part of a containment or control line that is scraped or dug to mineral soil.

🔥 Threatened – Critical infrastructure, roads, homes and commercial buildings that are in the vicinity of a wildfire.




Fire On Spruce Street In Lawrence Township Quickly Knocked Down

June 20, 2022

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:56 p.m. the Trenton Radio Room was receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls for a reported fire at the corner of Spruce Street and Brunswick Avenue and the Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to the fire. Within a couple of minutes, the address was updated to an address in the 800 Block of Spruce in Lawrence Township and all Lawrence Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene. First arriving firefighters found heavy fire on the first-floor rear of the building and went in service with a 1 3/4″ hose line. Firefighters called for an “All Hands” sending additional equipment to the scene. Firefighters reported that primary and secondary searches were negative. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and remained on scene for overhaul. No additional information is available at this time.



NJ Forest Fire Service Reports 12,000 Acre Wildfire 70% Contained

June 20, 2022

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service reports they are making substantial progress in containing a wildfire in Wharton State Forest – Washington, Shamong, Hammonton & Mullica Townships – which has reached 12,000 acres in size and is 70% contained.

Yesterday June 19, 2022 at just after 12:00 p.m. the fire was reported at 100 acres in size and the wildfire has grown to 12,000 acres in a short time.

ROAD CLOSURES
⚠️ Route 206 – from Chew Road to Atsion Road
⚠️ Route 542 – from Green Bank Road to Columbia Road

Batsto Village and all associated hiking and mountain bike trails are closed to visitors. The Atsion Recreation Area is also closed. The Mullica River Campground, Lower Forge Campground, Mullica River Trail and boat launches along the Mullica River are closed from the Atsion Recreation Area to Batsto Village. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe trips.

18 structures are threatened. Structure protection is in place and provided by local volunteer fire departments from Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties, we thank them for their assistance. There are no reported injuries.

Motorists traveling in the area should remain cautious of smoke and watch for firefighters and fire vehicles that may be working on nearby roadways. Smoke impacts will remain elevated into the evening hours as winds diminish, and partial cloud cover moves over the area.

Please remember, “No Drones in Fire Zones – If YOU fly, WE can’t!”



Local volunteer fire companies from Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties are protecting 18 structures from the fire. These photos are from the Basto area. Photos by: Michael Kamer



The smoke plume from the Mullica River Fire is visible on National Weather Service Radar.


National Weather Service GOES-16 satellite is designed to aid in fire detection. While wildfires, mostly of small size, are not uncommon in our region, a satellite signature like this is highly unusual around here according to the National Weather Service.


East Windsor Announces Independence Day Celebration On July 2, 2022, And Summer Programs At Etra Park

June 20, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–  Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members invite all area residents to join with Township officials on Saturday, July 2 for the East Windsor Township Independence Day Celebration, at Etra Lake Park.  The rain date is Saturday, July 9.

The Independence Day celebration free entertainment begins at 6 P.M. with Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band, a 6-piece band from the Delaware Valley area, best known for its traditional jazz sound.  They will be followed at 7:45 P.M. by the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One, a 6-piece ensemble from Central Jersey performing Americana and a variety of popular melodies.  The spectacular fireworks display will commence immediately following the musical presentations, at approximately 9:30 P.M.

Mayor Mironov stated that, “Our Nation’s Independence Day is a great occasion for our residents to join together in celebration and recognition of our blessings of liberty and freedom.” She urged everyone to, “bring your blankets and chairs, and use the barbecue grills for a night of free fun at beautiful Etra Lake Park.”  There also will be vendors present for purchase of refreshments.  This free event is made possible through the generous contributions of many area businesses.

Mayor Mironov announced that the East Windsor Township summer program of free events at Etra Lake Park will continue on Saturday, July 16 at 7 P.M. with “Family-Night-In-The-Park”, featuring a large screen viewing of the newly released Disney computer-animated fantasy comedy film “Encanto” about Colombian teenager Maribel Madrigal who faces the frustration of being the only member of her magical family without special powers.  The movie will be preceded by games, crafts, DJ Music and dancing.

On Sunday, July 24 at 6 P.M. “Wooden Ships Band”, a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute band reproduces the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young songbook and will take attendees back in time to the era of the 1970’s.  All time Crosby, Stills song favorites highlighting the show will include Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Teach Your Children, Helplessly Hoping, Woodstock and Déjà Vu.

On Sunday, August 7 at 6 P.M., “Gypsy”, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band will perform with Stevie Nicks vocals and visuals that capture Nicks’ stage presence. “Gypsy” performs the greatest hits from Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, including Stand Back, Rhiannon, Gold Dust Woman, Don’t Stop and so many more.

On Sunday, August 21 at 6 P.M., “B-Street Band” will perform, which is the top requested Bruce Springsteen tribute band on the circuit performing over 200 shows per year throughout the country.  “The Boss” himself has made an appearance to see the show, underscoring that the performance will be second-to-none, with favorite hits such as Cadillac Ranch, My Home Town, Glory Days, Hungry Heart and The River.

For information in the event of inclement weather for any of these events, call the East Windsor Information Hotline at (609) 443-4000 ext. 400 after 1 P.M. on the day of the event.  If there is inclement weather for the concerts (July 24, August 7, August 21), the program will be moved indoors to the East Windsor Regional School District Hightstown High School auditorium.

East Windsor Township thanks the following community businesses whose generous contributions have underwritten and made this summer entertainment possible:  Platinum Sponsors – Aurobindo, Novitium Pharma and QTS Data Centers;  Diamond Supporters – Hovione;  Gold Sponsors – The Woods at East Windsor, Comcast and One Mile Storage;  Silver Sponsors – Continental Auto Repair, LLC, Fordoz Pharma, IXP Corporation, McCaffrey’s Market, John Mayorek and Taco Bell;  Bronze Sponsors – Centrastate Healthcare Systems and Moe’s Southwest Grill.






Bensalem, PA Man That Sustained Fatal Injuries On NJ Turnpike Early Yesterday Morning Identified

June 18, 2022

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Sgt. Alejandro Goez from the New Jersey State Police Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that an accident was reported at 3:33 a.m. north bound in the inner roadway at Mile Post 56.8

The preliminary investigation indicates that a tractor trailer traveling north struck a disabled Ford Ecosport in the right lane, which was unoccupied and disabled from a previous accident. The tractor-trailer then went off the road to the right, struck the guardrail and entered the outer roadway, where it struck a pedestrian standing in the left shoulder and became engulfed.

The pedestrian, William Beczo, 47, of Bensalem, PA sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The accident remains under investigation by the New Jersey State Police.





Police Arrest Pennsylvania Man After TSA Catches Him With Loaded Handgun At Atlantic City International Airport Checkpoint

June 18, 2022

The Transportation Security Administration Reports that a Radnor, Pa., man was arrested by police after officials prevented him from carrying a loaded handgun through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint and onto his flight on Tuesday, June 14, at Atlantic City International Airport. 

The handgun was detected when the security officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray monitor spotted the .38 caliber handgun loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber inside the man’s carry-on bag. Security officials then alerted New Jersey State Police who confiscated the handgun and arrested the man.

The man claimed that the carry-on bag and its contents, including the loaded gun, belonged to his father.

“Bringing a deadly weapon such as a loaded handgun to a security checkpoint is a very serious offense,” said Thomas Carter, TSA’s Federal Security Director for New Jersey. “Travelers are responsible for the contents of their bags.”

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website.

Bringing a gun to an airport checkpoint carries a federal civil penalty because TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers who have guns and gun parts with them at a checkpoint. Civil penalties for bringing a handgun into a checkpoint can stretch into thousands of dollars, depending on mitigating circumstances. This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. The complete list of civil penalties is posted online. Additionally, if a traveler with a gun is a member of TSA PreCheck®, that individual will lose their TSA PreCheck privileges.

Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality and passengers should do their homework to make sure that they are not violating any local firearm laws. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

Last year TSA officers detected 5,972 guns at security checkpoints nationwide and 86 percent of them were loaded.


Atlantic City International Airport Facebook Photo


Occupants Rescued From Trapped Vehicles In Serious Head-On Crash On Old Trenton Road In West Windsor



Saturday June 18th, 2022 :: 06:19 a.m. EDT

** Roadway re-opened ** Serious accident (road closed) – Old Trenton Rd @ Pennington. ~ 728


June 18, 2022

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Last night at 10:33 p.m. June 17, 2022, West Windsor Police, West Windsor Emergency Services and West Windsor Fire Department and Princeton Junction Fire Company were dispatched to Old Trenton Road near Pennington Road for a serious head on crash with three people trapped. Additional BLS ambulances were called from East Windsor, Hightstown and Robbinsville as well as paramedics from Captial Health. Within 20 minutes firefighters were able to free the trapped occupants and transfer the patients to waiting ambulances. Three “Trauma Alerts” were called and all were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. Fire Police from Mercer County, Windsor and West Windsor closed the roadway at Dorchester Drive and also at Village Road East. West Windsor Police are currently on scene investigating the crash with the serious crash investigation unit. Further details to follow as they become available.



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Car Fire Extinguished In South Brunswick

June 17, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Kendall Park Fire Department and South Brunswick on scene of a car fire on Kory Drive around 9:55 a.m. The fire was quickly extinguished. South Brunswick Police reported no injuries.


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Worker Rescued From Machine In South Brunswick

June 17, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police say just after 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2022, the Monmouth Junction Fire Department, Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad, and South Brunswick Police were dispatched to Loving Pets at 110 Melrich Road for a worker trapped in a machine. First responders arrived to find a 54-year-old female employee with her forearm impaled and trapped in a machine in the production area of the business. The worker was standing on a portable stair when she put her arm into the top of the machine, apparently to clear material inside when a rotating bar moved and she was impaled through her forearm.
 
EMTs and paramedics stabilized the patient while firefighters worked to free her arm. Firefighters first secured the power, then used hand tools to disassemble the section of the machine where the worker’s arm was trapped. After disabling the rotating bar, firefighters used several different powered cutters to remove the bar from the machine to free the worker, which took approximately 45 minutes. EMTs and firefighters placed the employee on a backboard to lower her from the stairs. She was then placed on a stretcher where her arm was packaged for transport to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where the mixing bar that impaled her arm could be safely removed.
 
Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith said, “This was a challenging rescue for first responders. The worker was in an elevated position, so firefighters had to work from ladders to access the top of the machine where her arm was trapped. Due to the construction of the machine and limited access, we had to develop several plans and use a number of different manual and powered tools to free her arm. Everyone did a great job under tough conditions.”


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Rail Service Suspended for the Remainder of the Service Day, June 17th Due To “Illegal Job Action”


Important Notice:

Rail service will be temporarily suspended for the rest of the service day. NJ TRANSIT Rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored by NJ TRANSIT bus, light rail, private carrier buses and PATH at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and 33rd St. Click HERE for complete details on last trains of the service day

June 17, 2022

Rail Service Suspended for the Remainder of the Service Day, June 17th according to New Jersey Transit.

From the New Jersey Transit website:

Due to an illegal job action initiated this morning by the locomotive engineers’ union (BLE&T), rail service will terminate early this evening and will remain temporarily suspended for the remainder of the service day on Friday, June 17th. Please see the information below for the last eastbound and westbound trains departing by rail line.

Last trains of the evening from New York, Newark & Hoboken by rail line:

Northeast Corridor: No. 3881 at 7:44 p.m. from NY

North Jersey Coast Line: No. 3279 at 7:06 p.m. from NY

Raritan Valley Line: No. 5747 at 7:13 p.m. from Newark Penn Station

Montclair-Boonton Line to Hackettstown: No. 1085 at 7:22 p.m. from Hoboken

Gladstone Line: No. 443 at 7:44 p.m. from Hoboken

M&E to Dover: No. 6667 at 8:05 p.m from NY

Montclair-Boonton to Montclair: No. 6291 at 7:37 p.m. from NY

Port Jervis Line: No. 65 at 7:57 p.m. from Hoboken

Main Line: No. 1127 at 7:46 p.m. from Hoboken

Bergen County Line: No. 1177 at 8:13 p.m. from Hoboken

Pascack Valley Line: No. 1641 at 7:28 p.m. from Hoboken

Last eastbound trains by line to New York, Newark and Hoboken by rail line:

Port Jervis Line – from Port Jervis to Hoboken: Train No. 68 at 9:22 p.m.

Main Line – from Suffern to Hoboken: Train No. 1136 at 9:47 p.m.

Bergen County Line – from Suffern to Hoboken: Train No. 1186 at 10:17 p.m.

Pascack Valley Line – from Spring Valley to Hoboken: Train No. 1634 at 9:07 p.m.

Gladstone Line – from Gladstone to Hoboken: Train No. 438 at 9:28 p.m.

Raritan Valley Line: no eastbound service for the remainder of the service day

M&E: Dover to NY: Train No. 6672 at 7:58 p.m.

Montclair-Boonton: Train No. 6270 at 8:05 p.m. Montclair to NY

Northeast Corridor (Trenton to NY): no eastbound service for the remainder of the service day

North Jersey Coast Line: (Bay Head/Long Branch to NY): No eastbound service for the remainder of the service day

To provide customers with as many alternate travel options as possible, NJ TRANSIT will continue to accept rail tickets on NJ TRANSIT and Private Carrier buses, all three NJ TRANSIT light rail lines, PATH from 33rd Street in New York, Hoboken and Newark Penn, and NY Waterway ferries. Rail customers interested in using bus service as an alternate travel option can go to the “Schedules” feature on the mobile app or website to plan your trip.

Please continue to visit njtransit.com for the most up-to-date service information. We also encourage you to follow your individual line account on Twitter (see below), and customize your push notifications for service information on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app. You can also sign-up for text and e-mail alerts by visiting njtransit.com/mytransit.


NEC Line eastbound rail service from Trenton to PSNY will be suspended for the remainder of the service day.

Rail service will be temporarily suspended for the rest of the service day. The final westbound train on the NEC will be train #3881, departing PSNY at 7:43 PM.

NJ TRANSIT Rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored by NJ TRANSIT Bus, Light rail, private carriers and PATH at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and 33rd St.

Princeton Shuttle (Dinky) service will not operate today. Substitute bus service is being provided. Buses will depart Princeton Station 15 minutes before the scheduled train time.



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Serious Crash On New Jersey Turnpike North Of Exit 7 Bordentown Under Investigation

June 18, 2022

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Sgt. Alejandro Goez from the New Jersey State Police Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that an accident was reported at 3:33 a.m. north bound in the inner roadway at Mile Post 56.8

The preliminary investigation indicates that a tractor trailer traveling north struck a disabled Ford Ecosport in the right lane, which was unoccupied and disabled from a previous accident. The tractor-trailer then went off the road to the right, struck the guardrail and entered the outer roadway, where it struck a pedestrian standing in the left shoulder and became engulfed.

The pedestrian, William Beczo, 47, of Bensalem, PA sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The accident remains under investigation by the New Jersey State Police.


June 17, 2022

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–At 3:40 a.m. June 17, 2022, the Bordentown Township Fire Department and Robbinsville Township Fire Departments were dispatched to a vehicle fire on the New Jersey Turnpike. The accident was reported north of Exit 7 near the Burlington – Mercer County Line. Responding units were advised that this fire was involving a serious accident and additional EMS units were added to the call. First arriving units reported an accident and a well involved truck fire.

Unofficially, from photos of the scene, the crash scene appears to be about 1/4 mile long. It is unclear exactly what happened, but it appears that there was a serious collision between a truck and a couple of smaller vehicles. After the initial collision with smaller vehicles, it appeared that the truck crashed through the guardrail between the inner and outer lanes and came to rest, stopping about 1,000 feet later and was completely consumed in fire. The truck appeared to be carrying utility poles and the utility poles were smoldering most of the day until the truck was towed away.

* Update: New Jersey State Police indicate a pedestrian, William Beczo, 47, of Bensalem, PA sustained fatal injuries. (See update above) — From other reports it was believed that Beczo stopped to help at the accident and then was killed as the tractor-trailer went though the guardrail he was standing on the other side of. MidJersey.News has reached out for a clarification of why the pedestrian was there. *




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Trenton, NJ Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Distribute 100+ Grams Of Heroin

June 17, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – A Mercer County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role as the leader of a Trenton drug-trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of heroin in the Trenton area, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Robert M. Gbanapolor, 35, of Trenton, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to a superseding indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; and one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of heroin.

Ten other members of this drug trafficking conspiracy have previously pleaded guilty in this case.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

From June 2018 through May 2019, Gbanapolor and others engaged in a heroin trafficking conspiracy in the areas of Stuyvesant, Hoffman, and Highland avenues in Trenton, as well as in the area of Barbary Road in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gbanapolor obtained regular bulk supplies of heroin from Duane Paulino-Escalera, whom Gbanapolor referred to as “Papi.” Gbanapolor, in turn, distributed this heroin for profit to other members of the drug-trafficking organization, who distributed the heroin in and around Trenton. Paulino-Escalera pleaded guilty in January 2020 and was sentenced on May 7, 2021, to five years in prison.

The counts to which Gbanapolor pleaded guilty carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison on each of Counts One and Three, and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison on Count Two. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division, Camden Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson; and task force officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Steve Wilson, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked detectives and officers of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Christine A. Hoffman; detectives and officers of the Gloucester Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Harkins; members of the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; detectives and officers of the Bordentown Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Brian Pesce; and special agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric A. Boden and Alexander E. Ramey of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: Mark W. Catanzaro Esq., Mt. Holly, New Jersey


Mercer County Jury Finds Trenton Man Guilty in the 2018 Murder Of 20-Year-Old Danny Diaz-Delgado Trying To Purchase a PlayStation 4 For Younger Brother

June 16, 2022

TRENTON-HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced that a Trenton man was convicted by a jury today for murdering a 20-year-old man trying to purchase a PlayStation 4 for his younger brother.

On June 16, 2022, Akmal Alvaranga, 34, was convicted on all counts of the indictment, including murder, felony murder, kidnapping, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Hamilton police officers were dispatched to the corner of Sixth Avenue and Assunpink Boulevard on March 24, 2018, at approximately 2 p.m., on the report of an unconscious and unresponsive male near the canal.  Responding officers located the victim, later identified as 20-year-old Danny Diaz-Delgado, face down and unresponsive with his hands tied behind his back and tape around his face, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, head and leg.

Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook represented the state during the three-week trial before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Darlene J. Pereksta.  The state presented evidence and testimony that Alvaranga and co-defendant Rufus Thompson lured Diaz-Delgado to an alley in Trenton under the guise of purchasing a PlayStation4 for his younger brother.  The two men kidnapped the victim at gunpoint, bound and gagged him, and held him for hours in a Trenton garage before driving him to Hamilton and shooting him nine times in the back.

Thompson previously pleaded guilty to Diaz-Delgado’s murder and is serving a 45-year prison sentence.  Alvaranga is scheduled to be sentenced on September 1, 2022.  He faces life in prison on the murder charge with a consecutive prison sentence of 15-30 years on the kidnapping charge.

“The State is grateful that the jury was able to review the overwhelming evidence in this case and come to a swift and just verdict,” Cook said.  “By all accounts, Danny was a remarkable person who was a great friend, loving brother, and devoted son.  Tragically, Danny’s young life was cut short after crossing paths with the defendant.  While we can never get Danny back, it is our hope that his loved ones can find some comfort in today’s guilty verdict.”

The investigation was led by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and Sgt. Michael Castaldo of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.  The defendant was represented by Edward Hesketh, Esq.


On June 16, 2022, Akmal Alvaranga, 34, was convicted on all counts of the indictment, including murder, felony murder, kidnapping, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.


Rufus Thompson previously pleaded guilty to Diaz-Delgado’s murder and is serving a 45-year prison sentence. 


File Photo: DANNY DIAZ-DELGADO/FACEBOOK



The scene that day file photos from Brian McCarthy, OnScene News, MidJersey.News

The scene that day file photos from Brian McCarthy, OnScene News, MidJersey.News


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Department Of Justice Settles Lawsuit Against Jackson Township For Discriminatory Ordinances Targeting Orthodox Jewish Religious Schools

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–The Justice Department announced an agreement today with Jackson Township, New Jersey, and the Jackson Planning Board to settle allegations that they violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) when they passed and applied a series of discriminatory zoning ordinances that intentionally targeted the Orthodox Jewish community by prohibiting religious schools and associated dormitories.

The proposed consent order, which was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and must still be approved by the court, would resolve a lawsuit the United States filed in May 2020 alleging that the Jackson Township and the Jackson Planning Board passed zoning ordinances that broadly prohibited religious schools and banned schools with dormitories, both of which are important to providing religious education within the Orthodox Jewish community. The complaint alleged that the intent of the ordinances was to prevent Orthodox Jewish schools from opening in the township and thereby dissuade members of that community from living in or moving to Jackson.

“RLUIPA and the Fair Housing Act protect the rights of religious communities to worship and obtain housing in communities free from discrimination and unequal treatment,” Philip R. Sellinger, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, said. “This office remains steadfast in its commitment to enforce the nation’s civil rights laws, and as the proposed consent order demonstrates, we will continue to take steps to protect the civil rights of the Orthodox Jewish community and all communities throughout this district.”

“Zoning restrictions that intentionally target religious communities have no place in our society,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said. “Federal civil rights laws provide strong protections to ensure that religious communities are treated equally and not subjected to discrimination because of their beliefs. This resolution reaffirms that members of the Orthodox Jewish community — as with people of all faiths – are welcome in our communities and have the right to practice their religion free of discrimination.”

The complaint alleges that in 2017, Jackson Township enacted two ordinances that banned dormitories and severely restricted where religious schools could locate. These ordinances were enacted in response to the growth of the Orthodox Jewish community in Jackson and surrounding areas and amid public comments arguing that the ordinances should be enacted to prevent the Orthodox Jewish community from living in or moving to Jackson. Township councilmembers voted unanimously to enact the ordinances.

The consent order requires Jackson Township to repeal the remaining active discriminatory ordinance and replace it with an ordinance that will allow religious elementary and secondary schools, religious higher learning institutions, and religious residential schools. The consent order also requires that the new zoning ordinance treat religious schools equally with non-religious institutions that operate in the township. The consent order requires the township to train its officials and employees on the requirements of RLUIPA and the FHA, establish a procedure for receiving and resolving RLUIPA and FHA complaints, pay a civil penalty of $45,000, and pay $150,000 into a settlement fund from which aggrieved persons can seek payment.

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to discrimination in land use or zoning decisions, or discrimination in housing based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, and familial status, may contact the Civil Rights Division Housing and Civil Enforcement Section at 1-833-591-0291, or the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Hotline at (855) 281-3339 Individuals may also submit a complaint through the Civil Rights Division’s complaint portal or through the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/civil-rights-enforcement.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Horan Florio, Senior Civil Rights Counsel in the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Civil Rights Division, and Trial Attorneys Ryan G. Lee and David K. Gardner, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

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Defense counsel:
Jackson Township: Greg McGuckin Esq., Lacey Township, New Jersey
Planning board: Sean Gertner Esq., Jackson Township


Trenton Council Forcing City Bars to ‘Go Dry’ by Fourth of July

Due to shutdown of clerk operations, City liquor licenses will expire

June 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora forewarned “dire consequences” for liquor establishments throughout the City due to City Council inaction regarding renewal of retail alcohol licenses, or ABC licenses, set to expire midnight June 30, 2022.

The mayor noted that once the state issues a “tax clearance” list to the City, the Clerk’s Office would send out applications in April for liquor establishments to renew their licenses.

“That never happened,” said Gusciora, “due to Council’s mismanagement of the Clerk’s Office and overburdening the Clerk’s part-time replacement.”

With the July 1 deadline for renewal fast approaching, Council has not taken up the lack of staffing nor the need to process over 100 ABC licenses throughout the City. Moreover, City Council must pass resolutions renewing each license in the city. There are currently no Council sessions scheduled before July 1, 2022.

“Council’s inaction is going to bring us back to the Prohibition era,” said Gusciora. “But the fact remains this hurts bar or restaurants and the business owner’s bottom line and is completely irresponsible. Many hospitality workers will suffer in uncertainties due to Council’s indifference to the economic vitality of the city.”

The Administration had to step in and take over business registrations for the City and process January renewals that were not done. Gusciora issued an executive order extending the business registration deadline for roughly 400 businesses registered in the city.

“To add insult to injury, if bar owners want to continue operating, they would have to apply to the state for an ‘ad interim’ license for a cost until Council gets their act together,” he added.

Some business owners were told by alcohol distributors that they could not make deliveries to unlicensed premises after July 1.

“It is also concerning because the problem cannot be solved by executive order, since alcohol licensure is done by State law,” said Gusciora. “We offered to step in and help process renewal applications, but we were rebuffed by the Council President. We have notified the State about the problem. This needs to be resolved, asap.”


U.S. Department Of Labor Cites Robbinsville, NJ, Frozen Food Manufacture After Investigation Into Fatal Fall From Scissor Lift

June 15, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A U.S. Department of Labor investigation into the fatal fall of a contractor at a Robbinsville frozen food manufacturer identified a wide range of potentially fatal workplace hazards at CJ TMI Manufacturing America LLC, leading the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue the employer citations for 36 violations and propose $368,513 in penalties.

A contractor suffered fatal injuries in December 2021 when they fell 11 feet while using a scissor lift to replace a freezer drain. OSHA’s investigation found a damaged and inoperable snap hook on the lift’s safety chain and that the company did not inspect the lift before work began.

“CJ TMI Manufacturing America LLC could have prevented this tragedy had it followed proper safety precautions,” said OSHA Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in Marlton, New Jersey. “The company must address and correct a substantial number of hazardous conditions identified during our inspection so that nobody else has to risk their life.”

OSHA also found the company exposed workers to:

  • Amputations and lacerations from unguarded or inadequately guarded machinery.
  • Explosion hazards from accumulations of combustible flour dust on equipment, floors and surfaces throughout the plant.
  • Confined space hazards when entering a wastewater pit to service a water meter.
  • Hexavalent chromium hazards during welding operations.
  • Chemical burns from caustic chemicals due to inaccessible decontamination showers and eyewash stations.
  • Being struck by forklifts operated by untrained employees.
  • Numerous electric shock hazards.

View the citations. OSHA has placed the company in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

CJ TMI manufactures frozen dumpling, wontons and noodles for the Twin Marquis and Chef One brands.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review CommissionVisit OSHA’s website for information on developing a workplace safety and health program. Employers can also contact the agency for information about OSHA’s compliance assistance resources and for free help on complying with OSHA standards.



CJ TMI Manufacturing America LLC. Located at 2 Applegate Drive in Robbinsville, NJ — MidJersey.News file photos


Lakewood Man Charged With Narcotics Distibution, Weapons Offences And Aggravated Assault On A Law Enforcement Officer

June 15, 2022

LAKEWOOD, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force collaborated with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas-Monmouth/Ocean Post of Duty (HIDTA/MOPOD) Group 5, Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department Patrol Division, Lakewood Township Police Department Special Response Unit, and Lakewood Township Police Department K-9 Unit, to conduct an investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics in Ocean County.  This cooperative, multi-agency investigation identified a residence in Lakewood as being used by Shamar Kerr, 32, of Lakewood, to store and distribute heroin/fentanyl, and cocaine.

On June 8, 2022, Detectives from the aforementioned law enforcement agencies established surveillance on the subject residence as well as Kerr’s place of employment in Lakewood.  Kerr was observed by Detectives meeting with an individual later identified as Anthony Connors, 36, of South Toms River, outside of his place of employment; Kerr was then observed to be leaving his place of employment on foot.  Officers from the Lakewood Township Police Department approached Kerr to place him under arrest, at which time Kerr fled on foot.  Kerr was ultimately apprehended and placed under arrest.  Upon arrest, Kerr was found to be in possession of 900 wax folds of heroin/fentanyl.

Connors was detained and taken into custody.  He was charged with Possession of Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1) and Wandering in a Public Place to Obtain or Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2.1b.  Connors was served with the charges via summons pending an upcoming first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.

A court authorized search warrant was executed on Kerr’s Lakewood residence.  As a result, Detectives seized approximately 40 grams of crack cocaine, a loaded 40 caliber handgun, and approximately $44,300.00 in United States currency. 

Kerr was charged with Distribution of less than One-Half Ounce of Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(3); Possession of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); Possession of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Crack Cocaine with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2);  Possession of Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Crack Cocaine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2a; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, specifically a handgun, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1); Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, specifically a knife, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d; Possession of a Weapon During a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1; Certain Person Not to Possess a Firearm in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b(1); Possession of a Prohibited Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3e; Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(5)(b); Resisting Arrest in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2a(3)(a); and Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25a.  Kerr is presently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, United States Drug Enforcement Administration – HIDTA/MOPOD Group 5, Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department Patrol Division, Lakewood Township Police Department Special Response Unit, and Lakewood Township Police Department K-9 Unit, for their combined and collective efforts in connection with this investigation.

The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

R.P.C.  3.6(b)(6).



Guns and Cocaine Seized by the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force

June 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutors Office says, a month-long investigation into narcotics distribution in the Trenton area has culminated with two arrests and the seizure of $17,000 in cocaine, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022, members of the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and the Trenton Police Department executed search warrants at multiple locations in Trenton.  While at the apartment of Jose Borges-Navarro in the 600 block of West State Street, surveillance officers observed the suspect open a window on the eighth floor and throw two duffle bags out.  Detectives secured the area and retrieved a loaded Ruger .357 handgun and approximately 170 grams of cocaine strewn on the ground and on a parked vehicle.  Further search of the bags revealed a four-ton, heavy duty bottle jack and a large silver press that is commonly used to press powder cocaine into kilograms.  Detectives located Borges-Navarro in the living room and took him into custody without incident.  A search of the apartment revealed a small quantity of cocaine in the bathroom and on the window ledge.

During the execution of a search warrant in the 500 block of West State Street, members of the Mercer County Tactical Response Team secured Jose Azcona as he was exiting the front door.  Detectives retrieved a loaded black and tan “Ghost Gun” and a loaded black and silver revolver inside of the residence.     

Azcona, 24, and Borges-Navarro, 33, are each charged with numerous narcotic and weapons offenses.  The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain both men pending trial.  During processing, detectives discovered that Borges-Navarro was using an alias and that his real name is Juan Antonio Sanchez.  It was further learned that Sanchez was wanted for a 2019 shooting in Reading, Pennsylvania.

According to Prosecutor Onofri, the street value of the confiscated cocaine is approximately $17,000.

Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.




2-Alarm Fire Damages Home In Jackson

June 14, 2022

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 6:45 p.m. a reported “working fire” fire went to two alarms on Toshi Court before being brought under control. When firefighters arrived, they reported a garage fire extending into the two-story home and pulled three lines to extinguish the fire. Within half an hour the bulk of the fire was knocked down and brought under control. There is no word on the cause of the fire and firefighters and investigators are on scene investigating the fire. The story will be updated when information becomes available.

Several mutual aid departments were called to the scene once we have that list, we will update.



Photos by: Meghan Josko


Video above by: James Lemieux


Photos and video below from Ryan Mack, Jesey Shore Fire Response. Full Youtube video to be posted tomorrow so check back for updates.




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MidJersey.News To Increase Strength And Location Of Watermarking Due To Multiple Copyright Infringements

Another “News” site has used a stolen photo and this time from Ryan Mack from Jersey Shore Fire Response who is a frequent contributor to MidJersey.News. Ryan was out on Island Beach State Park last night at Area 22 and brought us photos of a search for a missing swimmer. Several of those photos were posted early this morning on MidJersey.News and also Jersey Shore Fire Response. It was later discovered that a photo looking similar posted to MidJersey.News was cropped to remove watermarking and copyright marks to the Facebook site Jersey Coast Emergency News Ryan Mack the photographer and copyright owner sent the site a message that it was his photograph.

Midjersey.News did a comparison and cropped the photo and obviously it was Ryan’s. If another person was the photographer they would have to take the photograph over Ryan’s shoulders and at the exact same second. Ryan said he was the only news media out there at the time of the search and there was no one next to him at the time.

MidJersey.News posted the composite photo below to the Jersey Coast Emergency News Facebook site and after about two hours we received a reply, “we were sent this photo on our tip line.” and my reply was, “Someone stealing Ryan’s photo does not give you permission to use it.”

Since that post we did receive communication from Jersey Coast Emergency News and feel that they were sent the photo by someone who said they took the photo saying it was theirs and that person said it was also ok to use. The photograph was then posted on their Facebook page. Jersey Coast Emergency News said they had no way of verifying the photographer at the time and had to take that person’s word for it.

This is not the first time a MidJersey.News photo was used without permission, a copyright watermark was removed and posted as their own on January 22, 2022 the website Daily Voice.

Also, to add to the confusion some departments share the photos and take screen shots of photos and remove the watermarks, share and post as their own. Other media sites see these photos posted on department websites social media and then use the photos on their news websites and give credit to the department when the department did not even take the photo and had no permission to use the photograph.

It is going to be future MidJersey.News policy to increase watermarking strength and move the watermarking towards the center of the photo. It is going to be an annoyance to many readers but since we keep running across this problem on multiple sites and platforms it has come down to this. Also, in the past we have had to file at least four YouTube copyright strikes against videos that were downloaded then reshared as other person’s work.

We have asked in the past if you do share the photos on your personal, department or other social media, do not cut the watermark off. Since that does not seem to be working out and photos are shared without credit or permission, the watermark strength will be increased, and location will be more towards the center of the posted photographs.

Share links and photos on your own social media or department website, do not crop to cut the watermark off and give MidJersey.News and photographer the credit with at least hyperlink.



Original photo by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response – MidJersey.News that was posted early this morning.


Photo that was cropped to cut the copyright watermark off was posted to Jersey Coast Emergency News



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Search Resumes For Missing 59-Year-Old Female On Island Beach State Park At Area 22

June 14, 2022

UPDATE: Sources tell MidJersey.News that a body was found in the water just off the beach at Island Beach State Park just after 12:00 p.m. today and a recovery operation was underway. Check back for updates.

A NJDEP Spokesperson did verify that a body was found at 11:05 a.m.

Updated with the latest information:

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–A spokesperson from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection stated that a multi-agency search for a 59-year-old woman reported missing late yesterday after entering the ocean at Island Beach State Park resumed this morning. Coordinated by New Jersey State Park Police, agencies participating in the search efforts are the U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit, Berkely Township Police, the Ocean Beach Fire Department, the Seaside Park Fire Department, the Seaside Heights Fire Department, the Lavallette Fire Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. New Jersey State Park Police were made aware of a missing person in the A22 area of the park around 8:20 p.m. Monday. A man reported that his wife had entered the water south of A22 and had not returned. A search was immediately launched on land and on the water. The search was suspended at midnight and resumed at 8 a.m. today.


Earlier MidJersey.News story here:


Photos by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response



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Search For Missing Person On Island Beach State Park

Update:

June 14, 2022

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 8:45 p.m. last night June 13, 2022, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park Fire Departments were requested to respond to Island Beach State Park for a search for a missing person. Rescue crews started their search in Area 22 and NJ State Police and U.S. Coast Guard Helicopters were requested for assistance.

Ocean County Stations 45 – Seaside Park Fire Department, 44 – Seaside Heights Fire Department, 69 – Lavallette Fire Department, 27 – Ocean Beach Fire Department and 53 – Island Heights Fire Department all responded.

MidJersey.News has reached out to the NJ Park Police for details and when public information becomes available the story will be updated.



Photos by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response



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Serious Crash On I-195 East Bound In Robbinsville

June 14, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:00 a.m. a vehicle traveling east on I-195 at mile post 8 left the roadway and hit a tree injuring two occupants. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Robbinsville EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene. Two people were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.



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Serious Head-On Crash In Hightstown Sends Two To Hospital

June 13, 2022

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 p.m. a serious head-on crash occurred in the 200 Block of Franklin Street near Cole Avenue, there were two reported injuries with one person trapped reported by Hightstown Police on scene. Hightown Fire Company, Cranbury Fire Company, Hightstown First Aid, Robbinsville EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to the scene.

Firefighters and EMTs worked to quickly remove one of the occupants. Hightstown First Aid Squad and Captial Health Paramedics transported one person to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and a “trauma alert” was called. The second ambulance from Robbinsville also transported one person to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

The accident is under investigation by the Hightstown Police Department. No further details are available at this time.



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Rutgers Professor & Upper Freehold Township Resident, Dr. Peter DeSciscio, Installed As NJDA President 

June 13, 2022

North Brunswick, NJ – Dr. Peter L. DeSciscio, who practices in South Amboy, was installed as the 153rd President of the New Jersey Dental Association on June 8 at the organization’s Semi-Annual House of Delegates Meeting.

Dr. DeSciscio has been in private practice as well as a faculty member at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine since 1987.  

Dr. DeSciscio graduated The College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers) in 1985. Following a General Practice Residency at the Jersey City Medical Center he returned to the New Jersey Dental School in Newark to begin his teaching career. He is currently a professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and has held numerous positions during his 35 years at the school including Assistant Dean, Government Affairs, Dental Director of the school-affiliated Plainfield Health Center, President of the Alumni Association, President of the Academic Assembly, and he currently serves on the Appointments and Promotions Committee. Dr. DeSciscio was the recipient of the 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Foundation of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. DeSciscio joined the New Jersey Dental Association in 1990 and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization including Trustee, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President. He also served as President of the Middlesex County Dental Society (an NJDA component society) and was a recipient of the Presidential Recognition Award from NJDA.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Peter DeSciscio for close to 30 years, ” said Dr. Maxine Feinberg, former American Dental Association President. “I am confident that NJDA, its’ members and the public will be well served during his tenure as President. I look forward to our continued collaboration, as I am certain he will continue to lead with passion and integrity.”

Dr. DeSciscio’s leadership experience extends beyond Rutgers and NJDA. He was a Board Member of the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry for 10 years and served as President of that body in 2006-2007.  He was also President of both the Fauchard Dental Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry. Nationally, he was the President of the American Association of Dental Boards. Dr. DeSciscio has been inducted into both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

In addition to serving as NJDA President for the 2022-23 term he currently holds positions as Vice Chair of the Exam Committee for the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX), Faculty Advisory Board member for Colgate Dental Educators, and Exam Committee member for the American Board of Dental Examiners Restorative Subcommittee.

Dr. DeSciscio was raised in Edison, New Jersey and attended St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen.  He then attended St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1981.  While there, he was inducted into the Cross Keys Honor Society.

Dr. DeSciscio is the owner of Amboy Dental Arts, located at 210 Augusta Street in South Amboy, NJ. He resides with this wife Pina and their two daughters Gracemary and Sophia in Upper Freehold Township, NJ.


Dr. Peter L. DeSciscio, who practices in South Amboy, was installed as the 153rd President of the New Jersey Dental Association on June 8 at the organization’s Semi-Annual House of Delegates Meeting.


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