Grand Opening Of Tru Birth Center In Lakewood

October 18, 2021

LAKEWOOD, NJ (OCEAN)–The Grand Opening of the Tru Birth Center in Lakewood was held yesterday October 17 and the Guest of Honor was Tammy Murphy. The TRŪ Birth Center provides optimized birth outcomes in a setting of amenities and empowerment. The center is located at 1382 Lanes Mill Road, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Tammy Murphy said, “With innovative care centers and committed partners like this, we’re well on our way to becoming the safest and most equitable place in the nation to deliver and raise a baby.”




3-Alarm Fire In Trenton

October 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:38 p.m. Sunday October 17, the Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to 8 Carroll for a building fire with reports of people trapped. At 9:41 firefighters were on location reporting heavy fire throughout a 3 story end of the row and two victims trapped on the roof. 3 BLS Ambulances and 2 ALS Units were called to the scene. Trenton fire fighters were able to rescue the two victims on the roof and transferred care to TEMS. It sounded like the injuries were BLS and the two victims were treated at the scene. At 10:00 p.m. Trenton Fire Department requested Hamilton Township Fire Department Special Service Unit to fill air bottles. A second alarm was called at 10:18 p.m. At 10:23 p.m. one firefighter was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for an unknown reason. At 11:02 p.m. a 3rd Alarm was called for bringing E-8, E53 and T33 to the scene. At 11:12 p.m. it was reported that fire was extending to the connected building. At 11:39 p.m. fire investigators, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office was requested to the scene. Fire was reported under control at 11:50 p.m. *Times are approximate.

No further information is available at this time. Multiple mutual aid fire departments were called to the scene or cover the city. Note: We do not have access to the County or City CAD and don’t have a complete list of fire departments involved so we don’t have a list of departments.

This is a preliminary breaking news report, if further information becomes available it will be posted.





Hamilton Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Roof Fire At The Sticky Wicket

October 17, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:00 a.m. Hamilton Township firefighters responded to the Sticky Wicket at 2465 S Broad Street for a fire on the roof. First arriving firefighters reported flames showing from the roof. Firefighters laddered the building and extinguished the fire on the roof. There are no further details available at this time.



Update: Hamilton Man Arrested With Explosive Device

October 17, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 16, 2021, Hamilton Police were conducting an investigation in the area of Groveville / Allentown Road, regarding ongoing reports of  numerous loud explosions in the area.  At approximately 6:30 PM, the Hamilton Police Anti- Crime Unit witnessed and stopped a vehicle occupied by a male suspect that detonated an explosive device on Groveville Allentown Road.  A motor vehicle stop was conducted a short distance from the explosion site and the suspect,  47 year old Hamilton resident, Branton B. Meshofski, was arrested. 

The New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit responded and rendered the area safe.

Branton B. Meshofski was charged with several counts of 2nd degree Possession of an Explosive Device and 2nd degree Possession of a Destructive Device.  Mr. Meshofski was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility and is awaiting arraignment for these charges.

 Detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted with this Investigation.

Hamilton Police are asking the public if anyone has additional information concerning this incident to contact Hamilton Detective Daniel Inman of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4035 or via email at dinman@hamiltonpd.org or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



BREAKING: Sources Say A Man Is Arrested After Explosives Recovered Inside Vehicle


UPDATE HERE:


October 17, 2021 update:

Hamilton, NJ: On October 16, 2021, Hamilton Police were conducting an investigation in the area of Groveville / Allentown Road, regarding ongoing reports of  numerous loud explosions in the area.  At approximately 6:30 PM, the Hamilton Police Anti- Crime Unit witnessed and stopped a vehicle occupied by a male suspect that detonated an explosive device on Groveville Allentown Road.  A motor vehicle stop was conducted a short distance from the explosion site and the suspect,  47 year old Hamilton resident, Branton B. Meshofski, was arrested. 

The New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit responded and rendered the area safe.

Branton B. Meshofski was charged with several counts of 2nd degree Possession of an Explosive Device and 2nd degree Possession of a Destructive Device.  Mr. Meshofski was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility and is awaiting arraignment for these charges.

 Detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted with this Investigation.

Hamilton Police are asking the public if anyone has additional information concerning this incident to contact Hamilton Detective Daniel Inman of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4035 or via email at dinman@hamiltonpd.org or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Last night’s breaking news story here:

October 16, 2021

**This is a breaking news report with preliminary information from radio traffic and sources. An update will be made with corrections upon arrival of official information from authorities**

HAMILTON TWP (MERCER)– A man is in police custody tonight following an incident involving explosives, Saturday evening.

According to sources, the man was arrested around 7:00 pm following a police investigation in regards to multiple recent detonations. The vehicle was stopped by police on Yardville-Allentown Road near Yardville-Hamilton Square Road and he was taken into custody, according to radio reports and sources.

Sources also say that explosive material was located inside of the vehicle. NJ State Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene and a perimeter was set up as a precaution. The Hamilton Fire Department was put on standby also.

No further information is available at this time. We would like to remind you that this information is based off of radio reports and sources, and is NOT official information. Once official information is received, the story will be updated.




Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Crash With Serious Injuries In Hamilton Township

October 16, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 16, 2021 at approximately 4:23 pm, a 2017 Nissan Rogue driven by Scott Ertel, a 48 year old male from Hamilton, was traveling east bound on Hobson Ave approaching the intersection of S. Broad St. (RT 206). As the driver began to make a right turn onto S. Broad St. he did not see the pedestrians enter the crosswalk and struck Angel Ortiz a 51 year old from Trenton and his mother, Anna Ortiz a 75 year old from Trenton. Anna Ortiz was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by ambulance for serious injuries. Angel Ortiz was evaluated at the scene with no visible injuries.

The crash is under investigation by Officer Paul Micharski and Officer Christopher Clugsten. Any witnesses are asked to please contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.

Information may also be left anonymously on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008


Project Freedom Celebrates 30 Years At First Location In Robbinsville, NJ; Co-Founder Norman Smith Honored

October 15, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Project Freedom celebrated 30 years of operation today at it’s Freedom One location now known as the Legacy Location on Hutchinson Road. Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried presented a special Proclamation to new Executive Director Tracee Battis and co-founder Norman Smith on this most festive day. Co-founder Norman Smith who is known as a trailblazer for Project Freedom was honored with a special award for 30 years of service and celebrating his legacy at Project Freedom.

 Project Freedom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops and operates barrier-free housing to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently. Supportive services such as recreation, training and advocacy are offered.

In addition to being a developer of accessible, affordable housing, Project Freedom also offers supportive services, whereby self-directed people with disabilities empower themselves to live independently in a non-medical environment.





West Long Branch Man Indicted For Lewdness And Possession Of Child Sexual Abuse Material

October 15, 2021

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)—A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against a West Long Branch man accused of being in possession of cocaine, having child sexual abuse files stored on a drive connected with his email address, and videotaping himself while masturbating in a local park, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Friday.  

Michael K. Russo, 51, is charged with third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child via Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material, third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and fourth-degree Lewdness.

Russo was among more than a dozen people arrested since April as the result of a series of investigations led by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and the Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. In this case, the investigation, initiated by a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), revealed that Russo had uploaded several dozen digital files constituting child sexual abuse material to his Google Drive over the span of about nine months in 2019.

Additional evidence recovered during the course of the investigation served as the basis for the two additional charges; according to the evidence, Russo allegedly exposed himself while at a public park in Asbury Park on or around July 25, 2019.

The Monmouth County ICAC Task Force includes members of the following police departments: Bradley Beach, Eatontown, Howell, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlboro, Neptune Township, Spring Lake, Tinton Falls, Keyport, Keansburg, Belmar, Holmdel, and Red Bank; the Task Force also receives investigative support from the police departments in Long Branch, Colts Neck, Highlands, Hazlet, Howell, Union Beach, Keansburg, Red Bank, West Long Branch, Ocean Township, Freehold Township, and Freehold Borough, as well as the New Jersey State Police (Hamilton Barracks).

This case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan. Russo is being represented by Joshua Hood, Esq., with an office in Freehold.

Anyone with information about Russo’s activities is being asked to contact MCPO Detective Michael Arduini at 1-800-533-7443.

Convictions on charges of this nature are punishable by up to five years in state prison, as well as the defendant being registered under Megan’s Law and assigned parole supervision for life.

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

City of Trenton’s Radio Woes: Statement From Mayor W. Reed Gusciora on City Council President Kathy McBride’s Shortsighted Decision That Places All City Residents and Visitors in Danger

October 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At Thursday’s docket review, Council President Kathy McBride pulled a critical Resolution authorizing the expenditure of $4-million from the American Rescue Plan fund to replace the city’s radio system, which does not meet current public safety standards. Previously, Council tabled a Resolution to pay the city’s current police and fire radio-system vendor, MPS Communications, of Trenton, the $218,418 due and owing to the company for services rendered to Trenton municipal government. The city has a new vendor ready to come online.

President McBride’s shortsighted and reckless action places in immediate danger more than 80,000 city residents, as MPS Communications will shut off the city’s radio system at midnight on October 31st. That means the Trenton Police Department, Trenton Fire and Emergency Services, including TEMS, and Trenton Water Works emergency personnel will lack the ability to dispatch emergency services to responders in the field. Shutting the system off will also subject police officers and firefighters to substantial risk due to a lack of expeditious communication.

I am appealing today to President McBride to reverse her decision—to put the Resolution back on the Council docket to be voted on by the seven-member legislative body. I am calling on her Council colleagues to intervene immediately to convince Council President McBride to put the residents of Trenton first, as is our responsibility as elected officials. And I am calling on residents to flood the City Clerk’s office at (609) 989-3187 with pleas for the Council President McBride to come to her senses.

Despite what Council President McBride erroneously believes about MPS Communications, including the overall performance of the radio system, which functions according to established parameters, this is not the time for politics and misplaced hostility. Council President McBride’s action not only exposes the city to additional, expensive litigation, but it also endangers the lives of our residents, our children, our seniors, our properties, everyone. 

We will probably end up in Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson’s courtroom to halt this recklessness. But as we prepare for that eventuality, I have to take action to protect our residents. 



Mercer County Homicide Task Force Makes Arrests in Two Recent Homicide Cases

October 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that investigations conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force have resulted in charges being filed in two recent homicide cases.

“The tenacity and resolve of the Homicide Task Force are truly remarkable,” Prosecutor Onofri said.  “Even with the continual shooting violence in Trenton, their hard work never lets up.  Their efforts are a demonstration of the commitment and efforts to ensure safety in the city and bring justice to the families ruined by the plague of gun violence.”

Just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds at 900 Southard Street.  Also, a Trenton Police Donnelly Homes post was parked stationary approximately 50 yards away from the shooting and heard gunshots.  The officers immediately drove toward the shots and encountered the male victim who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim, identified as 26-year-old Melvin Williams of Trenton, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

Investigation revealed that Williams and the suspect engaged in a verbal dispute in the same area shortly before the shooting.  The suspect fired at Williams multiple times, and when Williams tried to run away, the suspect chased him and continued firing, striking Williams multiple times in the face and body.  Eight spent shell casings were located by detectives at the scene.  After reviewing several area surveillance cameras, HTF detectives were able to identify the shooter as a 16-year-old Trenton male whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile.

The 16-year-old suspect is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.  He was taken into custody Thursday evening and is being held in the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.


Quamir Bradley, 28, of Levittown, Pa., was also arrested on Thursday in Trenton by members of the HTF and the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force.  Bradley is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to possess a firearm for the September 17, 2021 shooting death of Jeff Charles.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Bradley pending trial.

Trenton police were dispatched to a home on Race Street at approximately 12:50 a.m. on September 17 after Charles was discovered by a family member unresponsive in his bed.  Investigation revealed that Charles, 37, was shot in front of his residence on Race Street at approximately 12:30 a.m.  There was a gathering across from the victim’s house and, at some point, he was at the gathering and engaged in a verbal dispute with the suspect.  Charles was shot in the shoulder and two .40 caliber shell casings were found at the scene.  Through the review of video surveillance and witness interviews, detectives were able to identify Bradley as the suspect.

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


Hamilton Township Mercer County Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Loaded Handgun With 30 Rounds Of Ammunition In Furtherance Of Drug Crime

October 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for possessing a handgun in furtherance of a drug crime, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Armond Holloway, 45, of Hamilton, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp via videoconference to Count Two of an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm in furtherance of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence by videoconference today.

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

On July 31, 2017, Holloway was on parole after having served a term of imprisonment. Holloway’s parole officer received information from an anonymous source that Holloway, who had known gang affiliations, was in possession of a gun, 300-400 bricks of heroin, and a large amount of money at his residence.

On Aug. 1, 2017, the parole officer, along with other law enforcement officers, conducted a parole search of Holloway’s residence, where they recovered a Masterpiece Arms 9 mm firearm with an obliterated serial number, loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition, under Holloway’s bed. They also found a barrel extension that fit the gun. Also recovered from Holloway’s bedroom was more than $14,000 in cash and more than 400 bricks of heroin from Holloway’s basement.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Holloway to five years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark; the New Jersey State Parole Board, under the direction of Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri Jr.; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elisa T. Wiygul and Michelle S. Gasparian of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq. and Brian P. Reilly Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defenders, Trenton


Robbinsville Township, Hightstown Borough Enter Into a Historic Shared Services Agreement to Build New Police & Court Building

October 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried and Hightstown Borough Mayor Lawrence D. Quattrone are proud to announce a historic shared services agreement to construct a new police station and court on the site of the current Robbinsville Township Municipal Complex at 1117 Route 130.

The new facility will house both the Robbinsville and Hightstown Police Department headquarters and each town’s municipal court. The existing and outdated Robbinsville/Hightstown Municipal Court trailer will be permanently closed and removed from the site.

“Making sure our respective police departments and shared municipal court have the best facilities and every tool possible to perform their duties to the best of their abilities is of paramount importance to both Mayor Quattrone and all of us here in Robbinsville,” Robbinsville Mayor and Director of Public Safety Dave Fried said. “This is a historic agreement between two neighbors which have the utmost respect for each other and their constituents.”

The shared services agreement is for an initial term of 50 years, with a mutual option to extend the agreement for an additional 50 years. Each municipality will pay its share of the costs to construct the facility (approximately $9.8 million) based upon each municipality’s proportional use of the facility’s square footage. The municipalities will share utility costs in the same proportion as the construction costs.

The Robbinsville and Hightstown Police Departments will each occupy their own dedicated space within the new facility and remain separate and distinct departments. Additionally, the Hightstown Police Department will operate a sub-station located in the new municipal complex building at 230 Mercer Street in Hightstown and will continue to maintain the same 24/7 police coverage within the Borough of Hightstown that it currently provides.

“We have shared our court and jail cells with Robbinsville for several years, so expanding the partnership further by sharing a police station is a natural fit,” Hightstown Mayor Quattrone said. “Not only do our hardworking police benefit from the new state-of-the-art facilities, but our residents will continue to receive the same response and dedicated service from the officers they respect and love.”

The Robbinsville and Hightstown Municipal Courts will continue to operate in the new facility under its existing agreement to share facilities, employees, equipment and supplies. This new shared services agreement will not change each municipality’s status as separate and distinct municipal courts.

Ground-breaking for the new police and court facility is scheduled for 2022 and construction is expected to take approximately 12 months.


National Leader Of Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Sentenced To 33 Months For Illegal Possession Of A Firearm After Mercer County Traffic Stop

October 14, 2021

NEWARK, N.J. – A Suffolk County, New York, man was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Keith Richter, a/k/a “Conan,” 62, of Bay Shore, New York, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge McNulty imposed the sentence today by videoconference.

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

Richter is the national president of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club (the “Pagans”)—an outlaw motorcycle gang known by law enforcement to engage in illegal activity including narcotics trafficking, weapons trafficking, and violent crimes.

On or about February 20, 2021, the Pagans hosted a party in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While Richter was traveling from the party to his home in Suffolk County, New York, law enforcement pulled the vehicle over in Mercer County, New Jersey. Law enforcement recovered a loaded Ruger P345 .45 caliber handgun from a front-seat compartment in the vehicle. As a result, law enforcement obtained a warrant for Richter’s arrest, which was executed on February 26, 2021.

Richter was previously convicted of felony offenses, including conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated assault in aid of racketeering, for which he served a 16-year term of imprisonment.

In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty sentenced Richter to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson; the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Timothy D. Sini; the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of William A. Daniel; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Frazer, R. Joseph Gribko, and Samantha C. Fasanello, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

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Defense counsel: James R. Froccaro Jr. Esq., Port Washington, New York



Another Person Shot In Trenton

October 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:00 p.m. Trenton Police responded to Euclid Avenue near Hampton Avenue for a reported person shot. Trenton EMS, Capital Health Paramedics and Trenton Fire Department responded to the scene.

Trenton police confirmed one person was shot and transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and is in stable condition, no further information is available at this time.


Robbinsville’s Wawa Grand Opening And Special Celebration Honoring 40th Anniversary Of First-Ever Supported Employment Associate

October 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A grand opening was held this morning for New Jersey’s newest Wawa at 1220 Route 130. As part of the celebration NJ Native, Ari Shiner who is Wawa’s first ever supported employment associate was honored for being with the company for 40 years. Wawa has a longstanding partnership with Eden Autism Services and Ari Shiner led the way in opening the door for individuals with Autism to gain employment.

“At Wawa, our core purpose is to fulfil lives and that starts with providing a meaningful experience for our 37,000 associates across 940 stores,” said Chris Gheysens, President & CEO of, Wawa. “This new store opening also marks the 40th year of our supported employment program with Eden Autism Services, a very important and valued partner. Eden’s emplyment program for adults with autism (WERCS) started in 1981 when we hired Ari Shiner in our Princeton store. Today, we are thrilled to honor Ari on 40 years of service and all that he has provided to our company and to our customers though the years. Happy 40th Wawaversary Ari!”

Today, Wawa’s supported employment program includes over 750 associates across the company and partnerships with dozens of supported employment programs.

“Ari was truly a pioneer in the field of supported employment,” said Scott Kent, Area Manager for Central New Jersey Wawa stores. “When customers come in and see Ari in the store, they immediately smile and go over to say hello!”

The Wawa Foundation presented Eden Autism Services with a $100,000. grant to support their ongoing expansion of services to the autism community.

Wawa’s Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building competition was held between the Robbinsville Township Police Department and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department. $1,000 was presented to each departments charity of choice. The Robbinsville Township Police chose Robbinsville Township C.A.R.E and the Robbinsville Fire Department chose Robbinsville American Legion Post #530.





Update: The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating an overnight shooting at Donnelly Homes that left one man dead.

October 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds at 900 Southard Street.  Also, a Trenton Police Donnelly Homes post was parked stationary approximately 50 yards away from the shooting and heard gunshots.  The officers immediately drove toward the shots and encountered the male victim who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim, identified as 26 year-old Melvin Williams of Trenton, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Scott Peterson of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org

This was the second shooting last night the other was at Lalor and Centre Street around 9:00 p.m. Trenton Police say that one individual was shot multiple times and is being treated at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and the investigation is ongoing.


Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021  Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021  Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021  Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021  Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021  Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021  Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021  David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021  Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021  Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021  Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021  William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021  Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021  Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021  Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021  Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021  Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021  Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021  Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021  Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  22. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  27. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  28. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  29. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.

Serious Crash On Route 130 In Hamilton Township Being Investigated

October 14, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On October 13, 2021, at approximately 8:04 am, a 2014 Freightliner Box Truck, driven by Escarlin Dedios-Corporan, a 40yoa male from Trenton, was traveling southbound on Rt 130 near Rt 156 when it collided with a 2012 Chevy Impala that was traveling northbound on Rt 130 and making a left turn into the FedEx Business complex.  The driver of the Impala, Davonica Chavies, 30yoa female from Trenton, had to be extricated from her vehicle by the Hamilton Fire Division.  She and her 3-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries and were transported to Capital Health Hospital at Fuld for treatment.  The crash is being investigated by Officer P. Micharski of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.

Information may also be left anonymously on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.


Multi-Alarm Fire Destroys Building In Trenton

October 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:54 p.m. October 13, Trenton Fire Department Engine 3 on South Broad Street called in an alarm activation with haze in the area of South Broad and Dye Street. When Engine 3 arrived at 692 South Broad Street they reported a working fire in a large commercial building and requested an “all hands” firefighters pulled a handline to start working on the fire but were having trouble gaining access to the fire. Heavy fire spread thought the building and additional alarms were called. It was reported the roof and parts of the front of the building have collapsed. Firefighters were still on scene at the time of this report. Surrounding fire departments are either covering the city or at the scene of the fire. No further information is available in this preliminary breaking news report, check back later in the day once more details are released.

At 2:48 a.m. additional units and the Mercer County Fire Coordinators were called to assist the City of Trenton.






Firefighters still on scene this morning. Photos below by: Brian McCarthy


Two Shootings Reported In Trenton

October 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 p.m. shots rang out on in the 100 Block of Lalor Street near the intersection with Centre Street. Trenton Police, Trenton EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, and Trenton Fire responded to the scene for a victim shot multiple times. The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Trenton Police had Lalor Street shut down at the intersection with Centre Street for the shooting investigation. The Trenton Shooting Response Team is investigating. No further details are available at this time.

For the second time tonight another shooting in the 900 Block of Southard Street at 11:07 p.m. Trenton Police were on scene with a male victim shot in the leg. Trenton EMS, Capital Paramedics, and Trenton Fire Department responded to the scene. The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The Trenton Shooting Response Team was also investigating this shooting.


Accident Whitehorse Ave and Arena Drive In Hamilton Township

October 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A two vehicle accident occurred just after 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Whitehorse Avenue and Arena Drive. Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ Hamilton EMS responded to the scene. Minor injuries were reported in the accident. No further details are available at this time.


Mercer County Narcotics Task Force Seizes $22,500 in Heroin, Guns, Cash, In N. Johnston Avenue Home In Hamilton

October 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a two-month investigation this week with one arrest and the seizure of $22,500 in heroin and three guns, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, members of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Ewing Police Department, the Hamilton Police Division and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, under the command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, executed search warrants at multiple locations in Ewing and Hamilton.  The target of the investigation, Justin Hill, was taken into custody during a motor vehicle stop in Ewing Township.  He was found to have a 9mm semi-automatic handgun concealed in his waistband and two bricks of heroin were observed on the center console of the Jeep Cherokee he was operating.

A search of 43 N. Johnston Avenue in Hamilton revealed 150 bricks of heroin in a second-floor bedroom and an automatic firearm with a suppressor and 30-round magazine on the floor in the living room.  Detectives executing a search warrant at Hill’s residence on Conway Avenue in Ewing located an AR-15 style rifle without a serial number, a 60-round magazine drum, a 30-round pistol magazine, and numerous rounds of rifle ammunition.  Cash totaling $1,048 was also seized during the investigation.  Onofri stated that the seized heroin has an approximate street value of $22,500.

Hill, 33, was charged with first- and second-degree narcotic and weapons offenses, and lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

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



Criminal Charges Filed Against Voorhees Man In Fatal Pedestrian Crash In Lawrence Township

October 13, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Lawrence Township Chief of Police Brian M. Caloiaro announced today that an investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning in the area of Route 1 Northbound and Bakers Basin Road has resulted in criminal charges being filed against a Voorhees man.

Frank Claybrooks, 54, is charged with second-degree leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and third-degree endangering an injured victim. He was processed and released pending future court proceedings.

On Monday, October 11, 2021, at approximately 6:40 a.m., Lawrence police responded to area of Route 1 Northbound and Bakers Basin Road after receiving a call from a driver who observed a person down in the roadway. Upon arrival, patrol officers located a deceased female pedestrian who was later identified as Maria Angelica Moran-Moreira, 54, of Lawrenceville.

Detectives located area surveillance footage and spoke with witnesses. The investigation revealed that a flat-bed tractor trailer making a right turn onto Route 1 from Bakers Basin Road struck the victim in the roadway at approximately 5:55 a.m. Claybrooks was operating the truck.

The charges are the result of an investigation by Detectives Todd Caruso, Sean Kerins and Joseph Radlinsky of the Lawrence Township Police Department and Detectives Natalie Martinez and Ryan Minnick of the prosecutor’s Serious Collision Response Team.

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





Toms River Police Respond To Barricaded Person

October 13, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at approximately 4:05 PM, police were dispatched to Patmas Drive for a reported emotionally disturbed male acting erratically in the residence with a bat and knives. Upon police arrival, family members were evacuated from the home and officers formed a perimeter around the property for the safety of the neighborhood, officers, and the male party.

The male opened the front door holding a bat and large knife, and after failing to obey officer’s commands, he closed the front door refusing to come out. Toms River Police Emergency Services Unit, and Detective negotiators responded to the scene and opened a dialog via phone. After telephone negotiations ended, a tactical team entered the home, quickly locating the male party, and he was taken into protective custody. He was transported to Community Medical Center for further treatment. There are no reported injuries during the incident.

Also assisting on scene were members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. These types of calls are unpredictable and extremely dangerous. We’d like to commend all of the first responders on scene for their professionalism and commitment to the safety of everyone involved.


Hightstown Man Convicted For 2018 Roadside Slaying Of Freehold Woman

October 12, 2021

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Monmouth County jury has returned guilty verdicts on all charges against a Hightstown man who fatally shot a Freehold woman as she drove along on a state highway three years ago, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Tuesday.       

Kader Mustafa, 40, was convicted of first-degree Murder, second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, two counts of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and two counts of third-degree Endangering Another Person in connection with the killing of 24-year-old Sciasia Calhoun.    

Shortly before 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018, members of the Freehold Township Police Department responded to a 911 call originating from a vehicle stopped along Route 33 West near the exit ramp for Halls Mill Road. At that location, officers found three occupants of the vehicle, a 1997 Mazda Protégé: Calhoun, having sustained a single gunshot wound to the head, and her boyfriend and her 1-year-old daughter, both of whom were not physically harmed.  

Calhoun was rushed by Freehold First Aid, with the assistance of Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation (MONOC), to nearby CentraState Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.

An intensive investigation by the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau, greatly assisted by the Freehold Township and Manalapan police departments, revealed that Mustafa was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala when he fired a single shot at Calhoun, after several minutes of following her vehicle and flashing his high beams. Mustafa was apprehended in Manalapan in the area of Oakland Mills Road at approximately 8:10 a.m. the morning after the shooting, when two handguns were recovered from the vehicle.

Tuesday’s verdict was delivered following a multi-week trial before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano Jr. Representing the State during the proceedings was Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Investigation Division Director and Assistant Prosecutor John Loughrey.

“This was a chilling, senseless crime, committed against a total stranger in the dead of night, in front of the victim’s horrified boyfriend and young child,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We thank the jury for their service and are deeply gratified to know that while today’s verdict can’t bring Sciasia Calhoun back, this defendant will be kept off the streets and brought to justice for his actions.”  

Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022. Mustafa is facing a minimum of 30 years and a maximum of life in state prison, with a 30-year period of parole ineligibility.  


Wall Township Police Reminder Of Halloween Curfew Hours October 29, 30, 21 and November 1

October 12, 2021

WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Wall Township Police Department would like to remind it’s residents and the community that it shall be unlawful for a juvenile to be on any public street or in any public place between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on October 29, 30, 31 and November 1 of this year, unless accompanied by the juvenile’s parents or guardian, or unless engaged in or traveling to or from a business occupation, engaged in an errand involving a medical emergency or attendance at an extracurricular school activity; an activity sponsored by a religious or community based organization. It shall be unlawful for any parent or guardian to allow an unaccompanied juvenile to be on any public street or in any public place during those hours.

The Curfew will take effect starting at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29th.  Please see the below township ordinance 93-2 Curfew Hours for further details.

§ 93-2. Curfew hours.

It shall be unlawful for a juvenile to be on any public street or in any public place between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on October 29, 30, 31 and November 1 of each year, unless accompanied by the juvenile’s parents or guardian, or unless engaged in or traveling to or from a business occupation, engaged in an errand involving a medical emergency or attendance at an extracurricular school activity; an activity sponsored by a religious or community based organization. It shall be unlawful for any parent or guardian to allow an unaccompanied juvenile to be on any public street or in any public place during those hours.


Robbinsville Wawa Grand Opening, Thursday October 14, 2021

October 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The rescheduled date for the Robbinsville Wawa Grand Opening is October 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. During the celebration Wawa will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of New Jersey Native Ari Shiner, Wawa’s First Supported Employment Associate from 1981. With the help of Eden Autism Services and other supported employment agencies, Wawa has provided hundreds of employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities for the past 40 years and invites local friends and neighbors to celebrate this milestone at the newest store in New Jersey.



Police Report Bomb Threat Cleared At Toms River High School South

October 12, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at approximately 6:45 AM Toms River Police were notified of an anonymous tip regarding a possible bomb at Toms River High School South. School administration was immediately notified and evacuated the building as a precautionary measure. Toms River Police and Ocean County Sheriff K9 bomb officers conducted a thorough search of the area and the school with negative results. Once cleared, students and staff returned to the building.

The tip came through an anonymous tipline with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. It was stated in the tip that the person was unsure if what they overheard was a joke or an actual threat and wanted to alert authorities just in case. We commend them for alerting authorities. See something, say something, it’s always better to be safe!




East Windsor Hit And Run; Trenton Man Charged, Pedestrian In Critical Condition

October 11, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—East Windsor Police say they responded to a serious pedestrian accident at 4:44 a.m. on Route 130 South at the intersection of Hickory Corner Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed that while traveling on foot, westbound, across Route 130 Carl J. Ewald 52-years-old from East Windsor was hit by a 2006 Ford Econoline driven by Francisco Merino-Angel 35-year-old from Trenton, NJ. The pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton by Robbinsville Township EMS and Capital Health Paramedics. The driver of the Ford Econoline left the scene of the crash and was later identified.

Police say, Mr. Francisco Merino-Angel (age 35) Trenton, NJ was charged with the following:

Leaving the Scene 39:4-129

Failure to Report 39:4-130

Unsafe Vehicle 39:3-44

Cracked Windshield 39:3-75

Leaving the Scene of an accident 2C:12-1.1

Endangering an injured victim 2C:12-1.2

The matter remains under investigation by the East Windsor Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team.

Assisting Agencies: East Windsor Township Police Department

Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office

Robbinsville Township EMS

Capital Health Paramedics


Trenton Police Department Enrolled in State Mandated Use of Force Training

October 11, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced that Trenton Police Department (TPD) officers have begun state mandated de-escalation and active bystandership training programs at Mercer County Community College.

All TPD officers must attend the training. The training programs have been mandated by the N.J. Attorney General’s Office in accordance with the new state use of force policies that will become effective later this year. 

“We receive a lot of questions from the community about whether our staff is receiving the latest use of force training,” said Acting Director Wilson. “We want our residents to know that every officer in the city will undergo both of these Attorney General mandated programs as we strive to create the best policing environment possible.” 

One of the training programs is Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT). ICAT is a training guide for diffusing critical incidents. It provides responding police officers with the tools, skills, and options they need to safely defuse a range of critical incidents. ICAT instructs officers on critical thinking, crisis intervention, communications, and tactics. 

The second training program is the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE). This program seeks to create a law enforcement culture that supports peer intervention. ABLE training promotes the idea that it is the responsibility of every officer to act to prevent mistakes, address misconduct, and promote their fellow officers’ health and well-being. 


RWJBarnabas Health Honored At Garden State Equality’s Equality Ball Held On October 7th

October 11, 2021

ASBURY PARK, NJ (MONMOUTH)– RWJBarnabas Health was honored by Garden State Equality at their Equality Ball which was held on Thursday, October 7th with the organization’s Corporate Responsibility Award.  Trina Parks, Executive Vice President and Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer along with the RWJUH Somerset’s Babs Siperstein PROUD Center’s team accepted this prestigious award on behalf of the System.  The award was based on the System’s steadfast commitment to providing culturally sensitive, compassionate and inclusive care for the LGBTQ community through ongoing initiatives.  Garden State Equality, which is the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in New Jersey, has been a long standing valued partner of RWJBH and this award recognizes the diversity, equity and inclusion work that is currently done in the System to advance care and services for the LGBTQ community which we continue to serve.  This is a great honor for RWJBH and solidifies our position as being a leader in LGBTQ care within the great State of New Jersey.