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Fire On Cuyler Avenue

Trenton NJ (Mercer): Trenton Fire Department responded to a first alarm fire on Cuyler Avenue at 5:23 PM. 

The fire took little over an hour to be extinguished and under control.

No one was injured during the emergency.

Fire officials investigating suspicious fire in Mill hill area

Trenton, NJ (Mercer): Trenton Fire Department responded to an first alarm fire with entrapment at 254 Clay Street. The call went approximately 10:40 PM where a resident was trapped in the attic. Firefighters rescue the resident and treated him on the scene with oxygen for minor injuries, the male declined further medical attention.

Residents in the area claimed that the male being treated had committed arson. The residences reported it wasn’t an accidental fire.

“If it wasn’t an electrical fire, I have no reason to believe the fire would start otherwise,” they explained.

The fire department battalion Chief Todd Willever could not confirm that it was arson, only that they are investigating all aspects of the fire.

Two Injured in Shooting on Carrol Street

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) Trenton Police responded to a shooting at 26 Carrol Street where two men were shot Saturday night. One was shot in the arm and one in the stomach.

They were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The press release issue by Trenton PD explains that the “Preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting occurred in a residence on Carroll Street. The assault is being investigated by our Shooting Response Team, under the direction of Detective Sergeant Cynthia Hargis. Anyone with information is asked to call our anonymous tip line at 609-989-DRUG (3784)”

Trenton Mayor Called F-Slur at Council President Rally

A rally held for Council President Kathy McBride in response to being called an “illiterate crackhead prostitute” by Councilmen Jerell Blakeley quickly turned into an anti-semitic, anti-gay rant by one of the speakers who called Mayor Reed Gusciora, “this white boy Mayor, this little faggot.”

The rally was being held on the steps of City Hall at noon yesterday in a response to Councilman Jerell Blakeley calling McBride an “illiterate crackhead prostitute” after she called him “a disrespectful piece of sh**” on a Corona Virus meeting call last year on April 6th.

The rally began with Cory McBride, a very well spoken and passionate young man, defending his mother, Councilwoman McBride. It then moved in another direction when Devine Allah took the stage and began to go on a 20 minute rant that included racial, homophobic slurs against Mayor Gusciora as well as the Jewish community at large.

“We was here a few months ago when this white boy mayor, this little faggot called our sister, he disrespected our sister… We really have to bring the heat, bring the fire, to any politician.” Allah said.

Some Trenton residents like Stephanie Green Keniebrew, have taken to the defense of McBride saying that Allah’s comments didn’t have anything to do with Allah’s speech. “Kathy didn’t have anything to do with what Allah said. I talked to him. I told him that this platform wasn’t about Tit for Tat and that what he said about the Mayor was just as bad as what Jerrell Blakeley said about Kathy.” Keniebrew posted on Facebook.

Many residents have expressed their continued concerns about the actions of the Council, questioning how much longer the back and forth bickering will continue and when the residents of the city will see quality work from each of the 7 members. Keith Lesslie in a post to Peterson’s wrote, “the whole council in Trenton needs to go. They are terrible.” Tiffany Thomas questioned, “What’s the plan with the killings that’s going on?” Johnny Tito commented, “this is embarrassing for the Council President.” Bonni Rucker commented, “Okay people, engage your brains! She is campaigning! She is talking to her base! She is energizing her base.”

While that may in fact have been the intention, no one is sure of what the press conference was really supposed to accomplish except to show that Councilwoman Kathy McBride may not have learned anything from the sensitivity training she had to take as displayed by her choice in representation yesterday and the offensive and insensitive things said about a number of people that had nothing to do with her and the Councilman’s disagreement. Jeffrey Stockman commented, “oh shoot, this dude is going off, McBride needs to denounce this.” Drippy Splash commented, “he called the Mayor a faggot, with there be backlash? Equality Act, this dude is talking reckless.”

Even prior to the Mayor being elected into office, several members of the clergy spoke out and prayed against the “spirit of homosexuality” and said there was no place in the administration for gay people. Throughout his term as Mayor, others have come forward with homophobic remarks implying that simply because he is an openly gay man, that would render Gusciora ineffective as Mayor. It would appear that is not the case at all, what many feel is hindering the city and the Mayor from moving forward, are the 7 council members that refuse to agree on anything to help the city or the residents do what needs to get done to better the Capital City of Trenton.

In a comment from Latosha Washington it states, “Sad thing is you fight amongst yourselves and we the public are out here struggling. It’s hard out here now and me as a citizen trying their hardest to pay bills and y’all name calling (crying emoji). I need information on my children’s schools and other matters y’all have a blessed day.”

The residents of the city are demanding more, the city is in need of more, will it happen? We have 2-1/2 more years with the current contentious council to find out.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

Overturned Ambulance crash on Route 29 leaves EMT injured

A motorist crashed into an MTT Emergency Medical Transport Ambulance at approximately 1:30 today.

The Ambulance was headed Northbound on Route 29 and was stuck at the intersection on Cass Street by a vehicle.

Trenton Police and Hawks Towing arrived on site shortly after to assess the scene help clear the road of all debris. One EMT was taken to Capital Health Trauma Center with minor injuries. No patient was onboard the Ambulance at the time of the crash.

The crash has since been cleared.

Students help give COVID-19 Vaccines in Trenton

The City of Trenton Health Department teamed up with Thomas Edison University and Mercer County Community College to vaccinate 400 residents today in a nationwide effort to fight the Coronavirus. 

The team of students was giving out the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine shot to residents of Mercer county. The Moderna Vaccine is one of three different vaccines that a person can get and involves a second shot 28 days after the first shot.

Dr. Adela Ames-Lopez, The Director of Health and Human Services, explains that this first shot will not stop someone from getting COVID-19. Instead, it will lessen the symptoms of COVID-19. 

“Receiving the vaccinations is far more greater than contracting the COVID Virus.” Dr. Ames-Lopez said. “What we are talking about lessening the hospital visits, the ER visits, residences on respirators and ventilators. Those types of things are what the vaccinations would help deter.”

Lia van Rijswijk, the Associate Dean for the undergraduate programs W. Cary Edwards school of nursing, explains that due to the snowstorm and vaccines being delayed, Mayor Gusciora called and asked for help.

“It was a bit of an emergency, I guess. The mayor called and said we need help because of the snowstorm. It’s been interesting, but [the students] volunteered, and we are here to help the community,” Rijswijk said.

The day went smoothly as different volunteers administered vaccines, registered people, checked temperatures, and guided visitors through receiving a vaccine.

Swapna Kanaparthi, a nursing student at Mercer County Community College, explained that she had serviced people from all backgrounds and ages. 

“It’s good. I’m glad that people are getting vaccinated. They are very relieved. Everyone coming in here tells me they feel a little bit better now.” Kanaparthi said. 

Those who received the vaccine are hopeful of the effectiveness of it. As Sarah Umge, a resident from Ewing Township, explains, that is very hopeful after receiving the shot from today.

“Yes, I am very hopeful about the vaccine. I am especially hopeful about the more people who receive it is for everybody to start having a fully functioning economy and social interaction, which we all miss, “ Umger said.

To register to get a vaccine to go to https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine and enroll in the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System. Dr. Adela Ames-Lopez explains that even with the COVID vaccine, there is still work to be done. 

“I would just like to say, if you are considering or not considering, I am still going to suggest you register for the vaccine. At the same time, I encourage everyone to continue being tested as well as continue to wash their hands, watch their distance and really continue to wear masks.” Dr. Ames-Lopez said.

New Jersey Innivitives meet to Discuss Social Justice in

The Black Cannabis Equality Innativitive held a conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 27th, with New Jersey Representatives, ACLU Members, and other significant players in the legalization of marijuana to discuss how New Jersey can lead the way in social equality using the recreational drug.
These meetings are once a month and are designed to have an inclusive conversation with community members about a different aspect of the marijuana industry.
“What I believe happened, is the voters of New Jersey made the conversation about singular social justice economic equality or economic equity, and commerce should no longer be mutually exclusive, but they should be one consistent conversation.” Edmund DeVeaux, the president of the New Jersey Cannabis Business Association.
New joined Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana this passed election in permitting the possession of weed by adults. In total, 15 states have legalized recreational weed or voted to legalize it.
These include topics like pardon all those who were charged with marijuana possession before the drug became legal. Amol Sinha, the ACLU-NJ Executive Director, told those in attendance that first, an initial arrest made by police officers for marijuana needs to stop.
“First of all, we need the arrest to stop, right, we need to make sure that we are no longer burdening people with criminal records.”
Sinha talks about how it helps no one if a child is arrested on a marijuana charge.
“We want to make sure that kids who are caught with marijuana or have weed on them, are not arrested or subject to criminal justice consequences. It helps nobody can have children in the criminal legal system. You know, we want to make sure that kids have healthy outcomes that they are not entangled in the criminal justice system unnecessarily.” Sinha told the group.
In attendance and speaking at the meeting were NJ Assemblyman Jamel Holley (20th Legislative District), NJ Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (16 Legislative District), NJ Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson (15th Legislative District ).
During the conversation, Representative Andrew Zwicker explained that even though the bill has been passed, there is still a lot of work to do until recreational marijuana can become fully legal in New Jersey. One of those problems will be building the industry up.
“It’s got to be lowering the barrier for people to get into this business, whether that is growing, or distributing cultivating,” Zwicker said. “There’s a huge amount of industry that is built up around the cannabis industry.”
The overall message was hopeful for New Jersey to lead and take action through the two-hour-long meetings.
“A lot is happening in the national and state landscapes around this billion-dollar industry, and so much dialogue around and confusion around social equity expungement pardons opportunity, access to capital accountability and much much more.” John Bailey, the organizer, and moderator of the meeting explained at the beginning.

March for Life on State Capitol

The New Jersey Right to Life held a rally at the State Capitol in Trenton, NJ, to protest New Jersey’s abortion laws.

“We were at the statehouse,” Robert Bluta, a resident from Lawrenceville, NJ, explains. “There were civil speeches from different politicians, different activists, different people in the movement, and after that we walked down to planned parenthood, where they killed babies and we peaceful and prayerfully protested there.”

The protest was in solidarity with the March For Life happening next week at the United States Capitol. The event started at 11 AM and ended around 2 PM.

Anna Grinienko, a resident from North Jersey, explains the rally was protesting the New Jersey Senator’s newest bill, senate the Reproductive Freedom Act.

“That we in New Jersey should stand against the very terrible bill that we have right now which will expand the right for abortion in our state. “Grinienko explains.

The bill explains that this bill is primarily to protect women’s rights to choose.

“Access to safe and legal abortion care is essential to women’s health, autonomy, and privacy and is central to the ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the United States and the State of New Jersey.” The Bill states.

The group had people join from all across the state, holding signs asking the governor to repeal the state abortion laws. At the moment, New Jersey has one of the least restrictive laws applying to abortions. The law allows for an abortion during any time of the pregnancy.

According to Statelaws.findlaws.com, “Abortion providers in New Jersey, however, must comply with some limited restrictions. For instance, the procedure must be performed in a hospital or other specialized facility; services provided after the 14th week must be provided in a “licensed hospital,” and providers offering services after the 18th week must have admitting and surgical privileges within 20 minutes driving time of the facility.

Though according to Planned Parent on their website, “It can be harder to find a nurse or doctor who will give you an abortion after your 12th week of pregnancy…You can get an abortion later than 24 weeks only in rare cases for medical reasons.”

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