Another Gun Violence Incident in Mercer County This Week Involving Juveniles, This Time in Trenton

November 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police report that there was a shooting in the area of 55 Garfield Avenue this morning only a few blocks from another shooting incident in Hamilton on Saturday night involving juveniles. There were three juveniles in a vehicle, one of the juveniles was grazed by a bullet. It was unclear where he was grazed. No other information is available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

This is the second incident this week involving juveniles in Mercer County, the first incident was at Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue in Hamilton Township a few blocks from the Trenton border where a juvenile (reported as 12-year-old) was shot in the leg and head, transported to the hospital and was expected to survive. Hamilton Police are still investigating that incident.

You can read that MidJersey.News story here:



Hamilton Police investigate a shooting involving juveniles in Hamilton Township on November 20, 2021



Hamilton NJ: On November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Cessna Crashes and Burns at Old Bridge Airport, Pilot Escapes Inferno with Minor Injuries

November 21, 2021

OLD BRIDGE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Police report that at 4:46 p.m. today Old Bridge Police received a call of a plane on fire at Old Bridge Airport.  Upon arrival it was determined that a Cessna Skyhawk II crashed while attempting to land.  The plane came to rest off the runway where it was engulfed in flames.  The pilot was able to escape with only minor cuts and bruises.  The pilot was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital to be checked out. There were no other occupants of the plane.  Responding was South Old Bridge Fire Co, Old Bridge OEM, Middlesex Co. Haz-Mat Unit. Old Bridge First Aid and Robertsville Fire Co.  NJ ROIC, NJ State Police and the FAA were all notified.

No other information is available at this time.

Connecticut Avenue Shooting Update:

November 21, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police said, on November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Last night’s breaking news story here:




9-Year-Old from Beachwood Killed in Fatal Crash on GSP in Lakewood

November 21, 2021

LAKEWOOD, NJ (OCEAN)–According to the New Jersey State Police a fatal crash occurred at 10:17 p.m. on the Garden State Parkway southbound at the 89A entrance ramp in Lakewood Township, Ocean County. State Police say preliminary information indicates that a Volkswagen Passat was traveling on the 89A entrance ramp to the GSP south when it ran off the road to the left and overturned. Passenger, Jake Olivos, 9, of Beachwood, NJ, was ejected and sustained fatal injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Shots Fired in Road Rage Incident in Brick Township

November 21, 2021

BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Brick Township Police report that at 7:45 p.m. last night, Saturday, November 20th, Officers responded to the interchange for a report of shots fired. The victim called 9-1-1 to report the incident while driving home to their residence in Brick. Patrol units met with the victim who was not injured, and they located one bullet in the front passenger side door frame.

The victim stated he was involved in a road rage incident with two unknown white male subjects driving a newer model red pickup truck with an extended cab. The incident began on Brick Blvd. when the pickup truck continued to pass the victim and brake check him several times as they drove down Route 70 east. While the victim was stopped at the at the red light at the interchange (70/88), the suspect drove by and fired three rounds toward the passenger side of his vehicle. The suspect vehicle was last seen fleeing the scene eastbound on Route 70, running several red lights. The victim lost sight of the vehicle in the area of Olden Street.

The suspects are described as two white males late 20’s to early 30’s.

We are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or the suspect vehicle, or from anyone with a working dashcam who was traveling on Brick Blvd south and Route 70 East between the hours of 7:35 P.M. and 7:55P.M. and may have captured footage.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information please contact Det. Ryan Talty at 732-262-1170 or rtalty@brickpd.com.


BREAKING: Shooting Investigation on Connecticut Ave. in Hamilton Township

UPDATE HERE:


Hamilton NJ: On November 20, 2021 at approximately 6:34 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the area of the Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg.  A bystander was applying pressure to the area and Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  Firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on scene and assisted with treating the victim.  Officers spoke to the juvenile victims who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Connecticut Avenue when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.  The rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  The juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and starting firing at them.  The vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue.  Officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head.  He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.


Last night’s Breaking News story here:

November 20, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Around 6:40 p.m. the Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the 300 Block of Connecticut Avenue near Greenwood Avenue for a reported shooting. It was reported that a young person (reported as age 12) was shot in the upper leg and transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and a trauma alert was called En route to the hospital.

A video reportedly from near the scene was shared on the “Ring Neighbors Application” where numerous gunshots could be heard. Playing the video back a ¼ speed 13 rounds were heard in the video and a car speeding off in the distance could also be heard.

Hamilton Township Police had a crime scene set up and were seen checking the area for evidence. Hamilton Township Fire Department responded with a Special Service Unit to provide lighting of the crime scene.

No official or further information is available at this time.

This is a Breaking News report from reports from the scene, radio reports and witnesses. Once official information becomes available from authorities the story will be updated and any corrections and changes made at that time.



Rear End Crash on Route 29 in Trenton

November 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Last night around 6:00 p.m. a rear end accident occurred on Route 29 north bound at the traffic light for Sullivan Way. Victims were transported to the local hospital by Trenton EMS with reported minor injuries. Trenton Fire Department also responded to the scene. Trenton Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnSceneNews

3-Alarm Fire on East State Street in Trenton

November 20, 2021

Photos and story by: Mike Ratcliffe

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–With the overnight temperature hovering at, if not just below, 30 degrees, Trenton firefighters early today (Saturday, Nov. 20) battled a three-alarm blaze that damaged five houses in the 800 block of East State Street. It was shortly before 2:10 a.m. when Trenton firefighters were dispatched to 868 East State Street, between Chambers Street and Hampton Avenue, for a report of smoke issuing from a structure. First-due firefighters arrived to find a working fire in the middle home of a row of three three-story dwellings (866-870 East State Street). The “All Hands” signal was transmitted and the balance of the first alarm was dispatched. Minutes later, with fire raging on the second and third floors of the original fire building and extending via the cockloft into the attached exposures, a second alarm was ordered. While multiple hoselines were stretched for an aggressive interior attack, other firefighters climbed ladders to ventilate the roof. Not long after ventilation holes were cut and crews evacuated the roof, heavy fire broke through. At one point, Ladder 4’s master stream was charged to darken down the fire. Around 2:35 a.m. an additional engine company was called to the scene for manpower. Then, at 3:27 a.m., Trenton’s last remaining on-duty company – Engine 9 – was called to the scene, along with a mutual aid company (Engine 15) from Hamilton Township, which had previously relocated into Trenton to stand by at Engine 3’s quarters. This elevated the incident to a third alarm. A mutual aid air cascade unit was also requested to the scene from Hamilton. Trenton’s volunteer Signal 22 canteen unit also respond to provide refreshments to the cold, exhausted firefighters. The blaze – which badly damaged the three attached homes at 866, 868 and 870 East State Street and also caused damage to the neighboring houses at 864 and 872 East State Street – was finally declared under control at 4:21 a.m. One person, possibly a resident of one of the burned homes, was reportedly transported to hospital by Trenton Emergency Medical Service personnel shortly after firefighters first arrived, but the nature and extent of the injuries was not known.   





Trenton Police Officers Recover Puppy Stolen in Alleged Home Invasion

Burglary charges among recent TPD arrests for attempted murder, drug distribution

November 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced that TPD officers successfully recovered a stolen puppy and arrested a suspect in an alleged home invasion earlier this week.

Josuha Stroman, 31, of Trenton was arrested and charged with robbery, burglary and unlawful possession of a weapon. In the evening of Nov. 16, 2021, officers responded to reports of a home invasion on Vine Street. The victim stated that a male had rushed into her house armed with a gun and stole her tan Pitbull puppy. The victim was able to identify the suspect and provided a description of his vehicle and the location where he frequents. TPD officers then canvassed the area and stopped Stroman in his car. He was arrested and the puppy was successfully returned to the owner.

Director Wilson also announced that Mekhi S. Goss, 22, of Trenton – already in custody after he was arrested Oct. 16, 2021 with a handgun during a motor vehicle stop – now faces a criminal attempt homicide charge as of Nov. 11, 2021. On Oct. 14, 2021, Goss allegedly exited a vehicle and fired several rounds, striking a victim twice in the foot and leg. The injuries were non-life threatening.

Director Wilson also thanked residents and businesses whose complaints led to arrests in two drug cases:

  • Shashadine A Turner, 32, of Trenton was arrested on Rustling Street Nov. 15, 2021 with crack-cocaine, endocet, oxycodone and $11,647 in cash. The two-week investigation was started after the TPD received numerous citizen complaints of narcotics activity in the area.
  • Kaseem Roberts, 50, and Kenneth Hollman, 59, both of Trenton, were arrested for drug loitering and possession charges after they were allegedly observed by law enforcement engaging in illegal narcotics activity in a city park. The surveillance was deployed after the TPD Daytime Task Force received numerous complaints from concerned citizens and businesses. According to the investigation, individuals are purchasing large quantities of synthetic marijuana from local suppliers and reselling in the downtown area. This is an active investigation.

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.



Three Current and Former Ewing Township Police Officers Indicted on Civil Rights Charges in Their Roles Assaulting a Minor Victim During the Course of an Arrest

November 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Three current and former Ewing Township Police Department officers were indicted by a grand jury on civil rights charges for their roles in assaulting a minor victim during the course of an arrest, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Michael Delahanty, 51, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, a retired Ewing Township Police lieutenant; and Matthew Przemieniecki, 43, of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Justin Ubry, 33, of Burlington, New Jersey, both current Ewing Township police officers, are charged in a two-count indictment with deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty and Przemieniecki are charged in Count One with a felony offense of deprivation of rights under color of law causing bodily injury, and Ubry is charged in Count Two with a misdemeanor offense of deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry surrendered this morning and are scheduled to appear by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to the indictment:

At approximately 8:15 a.m., on Jan. 5, 2018, more than a dozen police officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in Ewing Township. Officers located the vehicle, which had crashed, and saw the driver of the vehicle running from the scene. Shortly thereafter, officers located the driver, a minor, in a detached shed on a residential property, removed the minor from the shed, and laid him face down on the snow-covered ground. While other officers handcuffed the victim, Delahanty used his boot to step on the back of the victim’s head, pressing his face into the snow. Przemieniecki kicked snow three times directly into the victim’s face, and Ubry also kicked snow directly into the victim’s face. Przemieniecki then used his boot to step on the victim’s head, again driving his face into the snow. The victim did not resist law enforcement at any time while on the ground. Under the circumstances, the force that defendants Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry applied to the victim was unreasonable and excessive and violated the victim’s constitutional right to be free from such force.

The felony civil rights charge against Delahanty and Przemieniecki carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The misdemeanor civil rights charge against Ubry carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha K. Nye of the Criminal Division in Trenton, and Senior Civil Rights Counsel R. Joseph Gribko of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig and Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck recently announced the creation of a federal-state Civil Rights Criminal Enforcement Initiative to enhance coordination in the investigation and prosecution of federal, state, and local cases involving civil rights violations by law enforcement officers and others acting under color of law. This initiative combines resources from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, and the FBI in a cooperative approach to criminal civil rights enforcement.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel:
Delahanty: David P. Schroth Esq., Ewing 
Przemieniecki: Jerome A. Ballarotto Esq., Trenton
Ubry: Eric Marcy Esq., Woodbridge, New Jersey



Almost Total Lunar Eclipse Over NJ

November 19, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A partial lunar eclipse started around 2:30 a.m. peaked about 4:00 a.m. and concluded around 5:30 a.m. early this morning. The almost total partial lunar eclipse was visible over most of the United States.

Photos below were taken from the Robbinsville, Upper Freehold, Allentown area of New Jersey.

To read more about the eclipse visit NASA “An Almost Total Lunar Eclipse”





Middlesex County Office of Health Services Rabies Advisory for Monroe Township

November 18, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is reporting that a skunk tested positive for rabies in the Township of Monroe, Middlesex County, in the vicinity of Evergreen Terrace and Astor Place.

This is the eighth rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2021 and the first rabid animal in Monroe.

On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, a resident of Monroe’s pet dog attacked a skunk. When the resident went to grab the dog they slipped and the skunk bit the resident. The animal was picked up by the Animal Control Officer and was then taken to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for testing. It was reported on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 that the animal tested positive for rabies. The resident’s dog is currently vaccinated for rabies and was instructed to follow up with their veterinarian. The resident was notified to consult with a physician regarding rabies post exposure treatment.

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services continues to monitor rabies cases within the municipality. Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to the Police Department. Additionally, it is recommended that residents should avoid contact with wild animals and immediately report any bites from wild or domestic animals to your local health department and consult a physician as soon as possible. Finally, be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

Rabies is caused by a virus which can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by bite, or possibly by contamination of an open cut. New Jersey is enzootic for raccoon and bat variants of rabies. Bats, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, cats and dogs represent about 95 percent of animals diagnosed with rabies in the Unites States.

Rabies Prevention Guidelines

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is advising residents to follow these guidelines to prevent rabies from being transmitted to themselves or their pets:

1.            Immediately report a bite from a wild or domestic animal to your local health department. Wash animal bite wounds thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible after the bite. Contamination of open cuts and scratches with saliva of potentially rabid animals should   also be washed off immediately. Consult a physician as soon as possible.

2.            Immediately report any wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior. Signs of unusual animal behavior could be that the animal may:

• Move slowly                                                      

• May act as if tame

• Appear sick

• Have problems swallowing

• Have an increase in saliva

• Have increased drooling

• Act aggressive

• Have difficulty moving

• Have paralysis

• Bite at everything if excited

Residents should avoid any contact with the animal and call your local animal control officer or local police department.

3.            Be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccination. If unsure, please call your veterinarian. Call your local health department for free rabies vaccination clinic availability.

4.            Animal proof your home and yard. Make sure all garbage containers have tight fitting lids, do not leave pet food or water outside, do not allow rainwater to collect in outdoor containers or equipment and keep yard free of garbage and debris.

5.            Do not feed or handle wild animals.

6.            Avoid contact with stray animals or pets other than your own.

7.            Try to prevent your pets from coming into contact with wild animals.

8.            Screen off vents to attics and other areas that could provide shelter for bats


Robbinsville Swears in Two New Police Officers

November 18, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township welcomed two new police officers, each of whom were ceremoniously sworn-in at tonight’s Township Council meeting by Director of Public Safety and Mayor Dave Fried.

Eduardo Madrigal, 28, is from Toms River and graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy. He previously worked in Point Pleasant Beach as Special Officer Class II, and most recently worked for Freehold Borough.

Rene Godfrey, 30, is from Perth Amboy and graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy as an Alternate Route Candidate. He had been working for Middlesex County as a Sheriff Officer prior to being hired in Robbinsville. Rene also is an Army Reservist, serving as a Combat Medic since October of 2016.

“These two fine men and very qualified officers were chosen from a pool of over 100 candidates, which speaks volumes about this town and our phenomenal police department,” Mayor and Public Safety Director Dave Fried said.


TSA dishes on what Thanksgiving foods can be carried through security checkpoints and what items need to be transported in checked baggage

November 18, 2021

Before you agree to bring a family favorite food item to contribute to the Thanksgiving holiday table, it’s important to think about how you’re planning to transport it if you are flying to spend the holiday with family or friends. Most foods can be carried through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint, but there are some items that will need to be transported in checked baggage.

Here’s some food for thought. If it’s a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint. However, if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag.

Food items often need some additional security screening, so TSA recommends placing those items in a clear plastic bag or other container when packing them at home and then removing those items from your carry-on bag and placing them in a bin for screening at the checkpoint.

Travelers who are unsure if an item should be packed in a carry-on or checked bag can check the TSA homepage, which has a helpful “What can I bring?” feature. Type in the item and find out if you can carry it through a checkpoint or if it should be checked. Another option is for passengers to tweet to @AskTSA to ask how best to travel with a specific food item.

Here are examples of the most commonly asked questions about which food items are permissible through a checkpoint and which ones need to get packed in checked baggage. It is also important to remember food safety by storing the food properly while traveling to prevent foodborne illness. If you need to keep items cold during your trip, ice packs are permissible, but they must be frozen solid and not melted when they go through security screening. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has recommendations on holiday food safety. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has tips for handling food safely while traveling.


Thanksgiving foods that can be carried through a TSA checkpoint

  • Baked goods. Homemade or store-bought pies, cakes, cookies, brownies and other sweet treats
  • Meats. Turkey, chicken, ham, steak. Frozen, cooked or uncooked
  • Stuffing. Cooked, uncooked, in a box or in a bag
  • Casseroles. Traditional green beans and onion straws or something more exotic
  • Mac ‘n Cheese. Cooked in a pan or traveling with the ingredients to cook it at your destination,
  • Fresh vegetables. Potatoes, yams, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, radishes, carrots, squash, greens
  • Fresh fruit. Apples, pears, pineapple, lemons, limes, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas.
  • Candy.
  • Spices.

Thanksgiving foods that should be carefully packed with your checked baggage

  • Cranberry sauce. Homemade or canned are spreadable, so check them.
  • Gravy. Homemade or in a jar/can.
  • Wine, champagne, sparking apple cider.
  • Canned fruit or vegetables. It’s got liquid in the can, so check them.
  • Preserves, jams and jellies. They are spreadable, so best to check them.
  • Maple syrup.

Trenton Man Arrested in Arizona for October Double Homicide in Trenton

November 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man charged with killing two men in an October shooting was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Tucson, Arizona, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today.

Gabriel Vilorio-Jaquez, 33, of Cleveland Avenue, Trenton, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful person, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm.  He was arrested yesterday afternoon without incident by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force in Tucson.  Vilorio-Jaquez is currently being held in the Pima County Jail in Arizona pending an extradition hearing.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.   At approximately 9:30 a.m. on October 29, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the first block of Cleveland Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located two adult male shooting victims.  Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, of Trenton was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  It is alleged that Vilorio-Jaquez rented a residence from Barrera.

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


Photos and video by Brian McCarthy OnSceneNews



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. 8/27/2021 Ziare Jones, Shooting
  22. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  27. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  28. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  29. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  30. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting
  31. 10/29/2021 Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, Shooting
  32. 10/29/2021 Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, Shooting
  33. 10/30/2021 Dartanian Ames of Lawrence, 41, Shooting
  34. 11/1/2021  Hector Torres, 43, of Trenton, Shooting on 10/31
  35. 11/17/2021 David Johnson, 39, of Trenton

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


Victim Identified in Yesterday’s Homicide In Trenton

November 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the victim in yesterday’s homicide on St. Joe’s Avenue in Trenton as David Johnson, 39, of Trenton.

There are no additional updates in this investigation at this time.


The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a Wednesday evening shooting homicide in Trenton.

At approximately 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for the 300 block of St. Joe’s Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located the adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim 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 Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


Photos and video by Brian McCarthy OnSceneNews




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. 8/27/2021 Ziare Jones, Shooting
  22. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  27. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  28. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  29. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  30. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting
  31. 10/29/2021 Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, Shooting
  32. 10/29/2021 Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, Shooting
  33. 10/30/2021 Dartanian Ames of Lawrence, 41, Shooting
  34. 11/1/2021  Hector Torres, 43, of Trenton, Shooting on 10/31
  35. 11/17/2021 David Johnson, 39, of Trenton

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


Two Vehicle Accident on Route 130 In Robbinsville Severes Utility Pole; Creates Traffic Problems

November 18, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 7:00 a.m. the Robbinsville Police Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS were sent to the area of 1100 Route 130 South Bound just south of Main Street Robbinsville for a vehicle overturned. Upon arrival, a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash was found, one of the vehicles was on its side and severed a utility pole. One person was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital for evaluation by Robbinsville EMS. Route 130 was temporarily closed then reopened to one lane. NJ DOT trucks closed the right lane south bound so PSE&G could safely replace the utility pole and make repairs. The entrance to 1100 Route 130 was closed for low hanging wires. No other information is available at this time.


BREAKING: Fatal Shooting Being Investigated in Trenton

November 17, 2021 — Updated

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a Wednesday evening shooting homicide in Trenton.

At approximately 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for the 300 block of St. Joe’s Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located the adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim 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 Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


Original MidJersey.news breaking news story here:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton EMS and Trenton Fire Department responded to St. Joes Avenue for a reported shooting with a victim shot in the head around 5:26 p.m. Trenton EMS arrived and transported the victim to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a Trauma Code was called en route. The Mercer County Homicide Taskforce is on scene investigating the shooting.

Trenton Police deferred to Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for press information since the shooting is being investigated as a homicide. No further details are available at this time.

Check back for further details, photos and video from the scene.




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. 8/27/2021 Ziare Jones, Shooting
  22. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  27. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  28. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  29. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  30. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting
  31. 10/29/2021 Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, Shooting
  32. 10/29/2021 Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, Shooting
  33. 10/30/2021 Dartanian Ames of Lawrence, 41, Shooting
  34. 11/1/2021  Hector Torres, 43, of Trenton, Shooting on 10/31
  35. 11/17/2021 David Johnson, 39, of Trenton

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


Arc Mercer Dedicates Its Hall of Diversity to Beloved Employee

Local non-profit recognizes Dawn Carmosino whose selfless dedication made a lasting impact on the organization.

November 17, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Arc Mercer, Mercer County’s premier agency providing resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over seventy years dedicated the Hall of Diversity to the memory of former employee Dawn Carmosino.

Dawn, a native of Lawrence, New Jersey began her work with the Arc Mercer in 2005 and quickly became a vital part of the organization. She encouraged diversity in the workplace and strived to create a sense of camaraderie among all the employees. “In many ways Dawn was like our matriarch. She really believed in inclusion and welcoming everyone. She made the Arc of Mercer more than a workplace, she made it a family,” shared Steven P. Cook, Executive Director at the Arc Mercer.

It is fitting, therefore, that the organization has chosen to dedicate their Hall of Diversity to her. The Hall is decorated with flags symbolizing the diverse backgrounds of each employee on one side and a wall of employee recognition on the other.

To further her legacy, the Arc will also be unveiling a new award at Monday’s ceremony—the Dawn Carmosino Team Impact Award. The award will be presented annually to an employee selected by their co-workers who embodies the spirit of Dawn Carmosino and the example she set for all members of the Arc family. The first recipient will be announced on Friday, November 19th at the annual Gala.  

Dawn’s untimely passing left a gap in the world that can never be filled. The staff and supporters of the Arc would like to take the opportunity of this dedication and award presentation to remind us of the lasting impact that a single person can make. May Dawn continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Donations in memory of Dawn Carmosino can be to the Arc Mercer online at https://arcmercer.org/how-you-can-help/donate.

The Arc Mercer is a non-profit organization that has provided support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Greater Mercer County region for more than six decades. The Arc Mercer provides over 1,000 individuals with special needs, access to their community, specialized pre-vocational training, readily available job opportunities, specialized medical care, friendships and often times, love. 

TSA expects surge in travel volume for Thanksgiving, stresses importance of preparedness

November 17, 201

WASHINGTON—The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects airport security checkpoints nationwide will be busy during the upcoming Thanksgiving travel period, which runs from Friday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 28, and the agency is prepared to handle the increase in passenger volume for the holiday. TSA expects to screen about 20 million passengers during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We anticipate that travel may be very close to pre-pandemic levels this holiday, and we are staffed and prepared for the holiday travelers. We have deployed technologies that enhance detection capabilities and reduce physical contact, and it’s equally important that passengers are prepared with travel tips for the most efficient checkpoint experience,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “With overall vaccination rates improving nationwide and greater confidence in healthy travel, there will be more people traveling so plan ahead, remain vigilant and practice kindness.”

Typically, the busiest days during the Thanksgiving travel period are the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterward. The highest travel day in TSA’s history was the Sunday after Thanksgiving of 2019 (pre-pandemic), when nearly 2.9 million individuals were screened at TSA security checkpoints nationwide. Travel volume this year is not expected to reach pre-pandemic levels, but it is expected to be notably higher in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

The best way to ensure a smooth trip through the security screening process is to arrive early and be prepared. Travelers are encouraged to allow time to park their cars or return rental cars, check their bags with their airline, and get their boarding passes before heading to the security checkpoint. TSA recommends travelers getting to the terminal with plenty of time before their scheduled flight.

“I recommend that travelers pay attention to the guidance that the TSA officers are providing at the checkpoint,” Pekoske added. “They may be directing you to a shorter line or guiding you around someone who is moving slowly. And they may be giving you some advice that will lessen the likelihood that you’ll need a pat-down.”

Additionally, travelers should keep these tips in mind:

  1. Wear a mask. Travelers, TSA personnel, and other aviation workers are required to wear a mask as prescribed by the federal mask mandate. Everyone in airports, bus and rail stations, on passenger aircraft, public transportation, passenger railroads, and over-the-road buses operating on scheduled fixed-routes must wear a mask. If a traveler did not bring a mask, a TSA officer will offer a mask to that individual at the screening checkpoint.
  2. Pack smart. Prepare for security when packing and ensure that there are no prohibited items in baggage. Know which foods should go into a checked bag. Gravy, cranberry sauce, wine, jam, and preserves should all go into a checked bag, because they are not solids. If you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pump it or pour it, then it’s not a solid and should be packed in a checked bag. As always, passengers can bring solid foods such as cakes and other baked goods through the checkpoints.
  3. It’s okay to bring hand sanitizer. TSA is currently allowing travelers to bring one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect all containers larger 3.4 ounces will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint experience. Travelers also are permitted to bring alcohol wipes or anti-bacterial wipes in carry-on, checked luggage, or both.
  4. Enroll in or renew your TSA PreCheck® membership. Individuals who obtained TSA PreCheck five years ago are now able to renew their membership online at a discount. Individuals who do not have TSA PreCheck should enroll now to get TSA PreCheck benefits, available at more than 200 U.S. airports. Travelers enrolled in a trusted traveler program, like TSA PreCheck, do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. TSA PreCheck membership is more valuable now than ever before because it reduces touchpoints during the pandemic and puts travelers in security lines that have fewer travelers and move quicker, which encourages social distancing. To find the trusted traveler program that best suits your travel needs, use the DHS trusted traveler comparison tool.
  5. Request passenger support. Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and/or medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 855-787-2227 at least 72 hours prior to flying with any questions about screening policies, procedures and to find out what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA Cares also arranges assistance at the checkpoint.
  6. Get your questions answered before you head to the airport. Ask TSA. Travelers can get assistance in real time by submitting their questions and comments to @AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook Messenger. Travelers can also reach the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673. Staff is available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends/holidays; and an automated service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  7. Ensure you have proper ID. Before heading to the airport, travelers should make sure they have acceptable identification. Identity verification is an important step in the security screening process.
  8. Remain aware. As a reminder, public awareness is key for supporting TSA’s security efforts. Travelers are encouraged to report suspicious activities, and remember: If You See Something, Say Something™. For additional information about TSA’s screening policies, visit www.tsa.gov.

Former Long Branch Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing Methamphetamine at His Home

November 17, 2021

FREEHOLD –   A former Long Branch Police Officer has pled guilty after being arrested and charged with various offenses related to manufacturing methamphetamine at his home in May 2021, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced.

Christopher Walls, 50, of West End Avenue in Long Branch, pled guilty on November 16, 2021, in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jill G. O’Malley to charges of second degree Causing a Risk of Widespread Injury and 3rd degree Manufacturing CDS (methamphetamine). The agreement includes an aggregate sentence of 10 years in a NJ State Prison with a 2-year-period of parole ineligibility. As part of his plea, Walls also permanently forfeited public office, as well as his firearms and firearms ID card.

Long Branch police were called to Walls’ home on the 300 block of West End Avenue at about 10:36 p.m. on May 15, 2021for a domestic disturbance. While officers were on scene, another resident in the home alleged Walls was involved in suspicious narcotics activity.  The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Hazmat Unit responded to the scene and located materials, chemicals and instruments consistent with a methamphetamine laboratory in both the basement of the residence and in a shed on the property.  The NJSP Hazmat Unit confirmed that Walls was in possession of all ingredients necessary to manufacture methamphetamine and found methamphetamine residue in chemistry-related glassware on site.   A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Professional Responsibility and Narcotics Units and the Long Branch Police Department revealed that Walls had been in possession of books related to making methamphetamine, explosives, and poison.

Additionally, a large open and unsecured gun safe was in the home which was accessible to a child living in the residence. Inside the gun safe were two long guns, four handguns, eight high-capacity magazines, and a large quantity of ammunition.

Walls was charged with various criminal offenses on May 15, 2021 and had been detained pretrial by order of the New Jersey Appellate Division.  During his plea, Walls admitted to making methamphetamine at his residence in Long Branch and to endangering his family and neighboring community in doing so.  Laboratory tests confirmed that methamphetamine was in fact made in the residence.

Sentencing for Walls is set for January 14, 2022 before Judge O’Malley.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco, Director of the Office’s Professional Responsibilities and Bias Crime Unit.

Walls is represented by Mitchell Ansell, Esq., of Ocean Township.

Car Fire Extinguished On I-195 in Robbinsville

November 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to I-195 West bound prior to Exit 7 at 8:24 a.m. Upon arrival firefighters reported the vehicle was fully involved. Firefighters had the fire knocked down in minutes, but traffic was backed up west bound for miles due to rubbernecking delays. No further information is available at this time.




Individual from Plainsboro Identified in Connection with Officer-involved Fatal Collision in South Brunswick

November 16, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced that a pedestrian killed in a collision involving a New Jersey State Police trooper has been identified.

On November 11, 2021, at approximately 5:55 A.M., members of the South Brunswick Police Department responded to the southbound lane of Route 1 near Raymond Road in South Brunswick following a report that a marked New Jersey State Police vehicle was involved in a fatal collision with a male pedestrian. Upon their arrival, authorities located a male pedestrian who was pronounced dead at the scene. Following a notification from the South Brunswick Police, detectives of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office responded and assumed control of the scene.

Based on the continuing investigation, authorities have identified the pedestrian as Donelle Miles, 50, of Plainsboro.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.


79-Year-Old Edison Township Man Charged in Child Pornography Investigation

November 16, 2021

EDISON, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today a Township man has been arrested and charged for his involvement in a child pornography investigation.

Yesterday, William Geisz, 79, of Edison was arrested and charged with first-degree using a file-sharing program to store items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of children, second-degree distribution of child pornography, second-degree possession of child pornography, and disorderly persons lewdness.

Geisz was charged following an investigation by Detective Daniel Lojek of the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation determined Geisz utilized the public Wi-Fi at various retail locations in Edison, Woodbridge, and East Brunswick to upload and distribute images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of children.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lojek at (732) 745-5924.

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


Brooklawn, NJ Man Sentenced One Year and One Day in Prison for Conspiring with White Supremacist Hate Groups to Vandalize Synagogues Across the Country

November 16, 2021

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County man was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for his role in conspiring with members of a white supremacist hate group to threaten and intimidate African Americans and Jewish Americans by vandalizing minority-owned properties throughout the country in September 2019, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Richard Tobin, 20, of Brooklawn, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging him with conspiracy against rights. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

“Richard Tobin encouraged hateful acts of violence against individuals and their houses of worship, based on their religion or the color of their skin,” Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said. “Justice demanded that he be held accountable for these racist and antisemitic actions, and we are proud to have joined with our colleagues in the Civil Rights Division and the Joint Terrorism Task Force in doing so in this case. Our commitment to protecting the civil rights of all in New Jersey is steadfast.”

“The defendant conspired with a white supremacist hate group to vandalize and destroy property owned by Jewish and Black Americans, intending to instill fear into those communities across the country,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said. “This sentence makes clear that targeting persons owning and using property simply based on their race or religion will not be tolerated. The Department of Justice will continue to prosecute civil rights conspiracies and vindicate the rights of victims of bias motivated crimes.”

“Richard Tobin’s white supremacist beliefs are abhorrent, but his beliefs aren’t why he’s going to prison,” Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said. “He actively conspired with others to commit a crime of violence, to victimize innocent people because of who they are or how they worship. That’s what crossed a line and made it the FBI’s business. We’re always going to pursue individuals inciting violent, hateful acts meant to intimidate and isolate members of our community.”

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

Tobin admitted that from Sept. 15 to Sept. 23, 2019, he was a member of a white supremacist group, “The Base,” and during that time, he communicated online with other members and directed them to destroy and vandalize properties affiliated with African Americans and Jewish Americans. Tobin dubbed this coordinated attack “Kristallnacht,” or “Night of Broken Glass,” after an attack in Germany on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, in which Nazis murdered Jewish people and burned and destroyed Jewish homes, synagogues, stores and schools. Tobin implored members of The Base to post propaganda flyers and to break windows and slash tires belonging to African Americans and Jewish Americans. On Sept. 21, 2019, members of The Base vandalized synagogues in Racine, Wisconsin, and Hancock, Michigan, by spray painting them with hate symbols.

A conspirator, Yousef Omar Barasneh, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy against rights in federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, for his role in vandalizing the synagogue in Racine, Wisconsin.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Tobin to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Philadelphia Division’s South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Maguire, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force and its member agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the New Jersey State Police and the Camden County Police Department, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. She also thanked the Brooklawn and Cherry Hill police departments for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen M. Harberg of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden and Trial Attorney Eric Peffley of the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section.

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Defense counsel: Lisa Evans Lewis Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden


Trenton, NJ Man with Six Prior Felony Convictions Sentenced to 8+ Years for Unlawfully Possessing Firearm and Possessing Intent To Distribute Narcotics

November 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County, New Jersey, man with six prior felony convictions was sentenced today to 100 months in prison for firearms and distribution of controlled substances offenses, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Alfred Donaldson, 39, of Trenton, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an information charging him with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

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

On Jan. 4, 2019, law enforcement officers arrived at Donaldson’s residence to execute two arrest warrants issued for his failure to appear for his sentencing hearings on unrelated charges at the Mercer County Superior Court. They lawfully entered the residence and recovered a 9-millimeter Taurus handgun loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, 27 bricks of heroin, and more than one ounce of cocaine. At the time of the firearm and narcotics possession, Donaldson had sustained several convictions, including three convictions for controlled substance offenses. As a previously convicted felon, Donaldson is not permitted to possess firearms under federal law.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Donaldson to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Newark Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; officers of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff John A. Kemler; and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray A. Mateo of the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Unit in Newark.

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Defense counsel: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton

Toms River Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Loaded Semi-Automatic Rifle as a Previously Convicted Felon

November 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–An Ocean County, New Jersey, man was charged with illegally possessing a loaded semi-automatic rifle as a previously convicted felon, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Jeremy W. Barringer, 46, of Toms River, New Jersey, is charged by criminal complaint with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Barringer was taken into federal custody this morning, appeared today by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni in Trenton federal court, and was detained.

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

On Oct. 24, 2021, at 3:05 a.m., Mantoloking and Bay Head police officers responded to the area of Herbert Street and Highway 35 in Mantoloking in response to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a single vehicle. Officers found Barringer, a previously convicted felon, behind the wheel of his vehicle and observed a 5.56-millimeter semi-automatic rifle on the floorboard of the back seat of Barringer’s vehicle. The rifle was later found to be loaded with approximately 21 rounds of 5.56-millimeter full metal jacket ammunition. When officers ordered Barringer to step out of the vehicle, they observed that Barringer was wearing a tactical, bullet-proof vest and an empty handgun holster on his hip. After taking Barringer into custody, officers conducted a further search of Barringer’s vehicle and discovered a black 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol with no serial number (commonly referred to as a “ghost gun”), loaded with 14 rounds of hollow-point ammunition, three 9-millimeter pistol magazines loaded with hollow-point ammunition, and three 30-round rifle magazines loaded with 5.56-millimeter ammunition.

The count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr.; officers of the Mantoloking Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Stacy S. Ferris; and officers of the Bay Head Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police William A. Hoffman, with the investigation leading to the charges. She also thanked detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer, officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, and officers from the Toms River Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Mitchell A. Little, for their assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ian D. Brater of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel: Andrea D. Bergman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton


New Egypt Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

November 16, 2021

PLUMSTED TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on November 16, 2021, Richard Knight, 40, of New Egypt, pled guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(a)(i), and Possession of Child Pornography in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(b)(ii), before the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C. At the time of his sentencing on January 14, 2022, the State will be recommending a sentence of five years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) with a two year period of parole ineligibility as to the Distribution of Child Pornography charge, as well as five years NJSP as to the Possession of Child Pornography charge. The sentences are to run concurrently. Knight will also be subject to the terms of Meghan’s Law, along with Parole Supervision for Life.

This investigation, which began in December 2020, was the result of numerous referrals from the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Task Force detected that a user of the program Google Meets was uploading images of child pornography to the internet. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit identified a residence in New Egypt as the source of the uploaded images of child pornography. On June 9, 2021, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, United States Homeland Security Investigations, and Plumsted Township Police Department, executed a court-authorized search warrant on Knight’s residence in New Egypt. As a result, Detectives seized two cell phones from the residence. Further investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit revealed that Knight’s cell phone contained more than 1,000 images but less than 100,000 images of child pornography. The investigation also revealed that Knight distributed child pornography using Google Meets and other social media platforms.

Knight was subsequently arrested at his place of employment in Browns Mills on June 9, 2021; he has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since that date.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Senior Assistant Prosecutor Shanon Chant-Berry who is handling the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Plumsted Township Police Department, New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and United States Homeland Security Investigations, for their collective and collaborative assistance in connection with this investigation leading to Knight’s arrest, guilty pleas, and soon his state prison sentence.


Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Investigating Allegations of Hazing, Sexual Assaults, Involving Wall Township High School Students

November 16, 2021

WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has assumed sole responsibility for conducting separate criminal investigations stemming from allegations that acts of hazing occurred within the Wall Township High School football program and unrelated allegations that one or more sexual assaults involving juveniles took place off campus, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Tuesday.

Members of the Wall Township Police Department had been assisting during the early stages of these investigations, yet out of an abundance of caution, and in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety and to protect the integrity of the investigations, the Department has since been walled off from participating further.

Multiple MCPO assistant prosecutors and detectives have been assigned to manage the continuing investigations. The information gathered as a result will continue to be reviewed.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office reiterates that while these are serious allegations, juvenile records are strictly confidential under state law, so at this time, no additional specific information about these investigations can be released. Likewise, Superior Court proceedings involving juvenile defendants, meaning defendants under the age of 18, are closed to the public, and the identities of such defendants are kept confidential.

The Prosecutor’s Office intends to issue statements regarding the findings of its investigations, keeping in accordance with the strict confidentiality requirements of juvenile matters. These statements will constitute the only definitive factual accounts of the investigations, made at the appropriate times, and the Prosecutor’s Office strongly urges against the spread of misinformation and rumor, both online and otherwise.

“As these investigations unfold, we remain fully aware of the intense focus and unique pressure a national media spotlight has placed on the Wall Township High School community, and are sensitive to safeguarding the mental health and general well-being of students while simultaneously serving the interests of justice,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We are conducting these investigations with the utmost diligence, dedicating every necessary resource in order to uncover the entire truth, and this process will be thorough, fair, and unbiased from beginning to end.”   

While these investigations are still ongoing, anyone with any information about these matters, including those in possession of any relevant video recordings, is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jose Rodriguez at (732) 431-7160, Ext. 7172. Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about this or any crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android – https://www.p3tips.com/1182); or by going to the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com


Letter to Families Regarding Thanksgiving Day Game

November 16, 2021

Dear Wall Township Public Schools Community:

The decision has been made to end the football season and not play the Thanksgiving Day game. We acknowledge that this is difficult news for many in our community. Please be assured that the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County is working closely with the Wall High School counseling staff supporting students. If you know of a student that is in need of support please do not hesitate in reaching out to 732-556-2063. In addition, please see the attached document for outside support resources.

Sincerely,

Tracy R. Handerhan, D. Litt.
Superintendent of Schools


Important Message from the Principal and Superintendent

November 12, 2021

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

During these most difficult days, please be assured that we are first and foremost committed to our students’ physical and mental well-being. Your children are our top priority and we are steadfast in our mission to work together to ensure their safety and to provide the social, emotional and academic experiences they deserve. The administration, faculty, staff and school crisis team remain deeply committed to supporting our students as they cope with recent events. District counselors have been providing support services for our students and will continue to do so.

It is not unusual for adolescents to feel anxious, sad, fearful, angry or vulnerable as a result of traumatic events. This is compounded by the fact that so many rumors are circulating online and in the media. In response, Wall High School has partnered with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA of MC). A team from the MHA of MC will begin working with the Wall High School students and staff on Monday. The goals of this partnership are (1) to assist the Wall High School community with immediate mental health and wellness needs of students and staff during this difficult time and (2) to develop a long-term student wellness strategy that will serve as a foundation to strengthen the Wall High School community moving forward. Attached you will find a document prepared by the MHA of MC specifically for the Wall Township school community. Additionally, attached to this correspondence is a compilation of counseling resources should you or someone you know be in need of these services.

The last two weeks have been extremely difficult for our school community. We recognize this. Once again, we are committed to supporting you and your children through these difficult times.

Sincerely,

Ms. Rosaleen Sirchio
WHS Principal

Dr. Tracy Handerhan
Superintendent of Schools



City of Trenton Approves Critical $10 Million Emergency Radio System Overhaul

November 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–During a special meeting at noon today, Trenton City Council approved a proposal to move Trenton radio operations to N.J. State Police frequencies and provide $10.1 million to upgrade the City’s entire emergency radio system with state-of-the-art equipment, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced.

The proposal gives Trenton police, fire, public works, and water utility personnel access to superior state radio frequencies and new equipment compatible with that system, including a complete retrofit of the TPD emergency radio room. The City’s 911 phone system – which is outdated and at risk of malfunction – will also be replaced well in advance of related statewide public safety mandates in the next few years.

“Trentonians can rest easy knowing that we have an agreement in place that will keep a state-of-the-art radio system online into the foreseeable future,” said Mayor Gusciora. “This year alone we’ve seen major water main breaks, terrifying storms, and criminal activity that required coordination with first responders from multiple jurisdictions. There is no doubt that this city deserves the best public safety communications system available. Thanks to these resolutions, one of Trenton’s greatest public safety weaknesses will become one of its biggest strengths.”

“With this plan, our radio and 911 system is set for the next 20 years, at least,” said Acting TPD Director Steve E. Wilson. “I’m grateful that Council allowed us to present the updated plan at today’s special meeting and that they have given their support for this crucial investment in Trenton’s public safety.”

The proposal consisted of two resolutions, both of which were approved by a vote of 4-0. One approved the funding allocation and the use of the N.J. State Police radio frequencies; the other approves a contract with Motorola Solutions Inc. to provide the new equipment.

Previously, the City of Trenton’s current radio service provider, MPS Communications, said that it would shut off service on Oct. 31, 2021, after City Council indefinitely tabled a resolution to pay MPS for services rendered. The City and MPS have since consented to an injunction halting shutoff off the city’s radio system until Dec. 31, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Gusciora Administration proposed a long-term solution with American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds, starting with the police department radio equipment and 911 phone system. However, the City still needed an alternative system for Trenton Water Works and the Department of Public Works.

Today’s resolutions, while substantially more expensive that the initial proposal, will still be covered by the ARP, and will be available to all City departments. Also, the added radio room equipment upgrades and statewide coverage will be a significant upgrade for a police department that constantly works with law enforcement partners throughout the region and a water utility that must respond to customers outside the greater Trenton area.

The new system will take between 60-90 days to come online. As the plan will be covered the ARP, the City does not need to take on additional debt to fund this program.