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Man Gunned down in Trenton’s West Ward, Second Homicide

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) The Mercer County Homicide Task Force, the Mercer County Shooting Response Team, and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred on the unit block of Ellsworth Ave Monday night just after 8:00 Pm. Trenton Emergency Medical services and Capital Heath paramedics responded and pronounced a man dead on the scene. The killing is Trenton’s 12th homicide. A man was gunned down earlier in the day in Breunig Avenue park.

Man Killed in Breunig Ave Park shooting

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) Trenton Police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating after a man was critically injured on Breunig Ave near Breunig Ave Park Monday afternoon after being shot. Neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots and then reported seeing a massive police response, Trenton Emergency medical could be seen doing CPR on the injured man. Trenton ems transported the man to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he died a short time later. Police officers were canvassing the neighborhood to see if anyone saw the shooting occur.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Peterson at the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Trenton to Kick Off 37t National Night Out

TRENTON, NJ; National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our city a safer, better place to live. By working together, we make that happen!

Neighborhood groups wishing to register for this event can do so by following these steps.

REGISTRATION STEPS:

  1. Register with National Night Out at https://natw.org/registration/. Registration is FREE!
  2. Print a copy of the email confirming your registration.
  3. Bring that confirmation email, valid identification, and the “Neighborhood Event Registration Form”, attached in pdf, to the Recreation Department located on the 1st Floor of City Hall @  319 East State Street.
  4. Registration forms will be accepted starting Friday, July 16, 2021 until Monday, July 26, 2021.

Heat advisory for Mercer County, heat index to reach 103

Mercer County, NJ- HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT Saturday Heat index values up to 103.

Portions of central, northern and southern New Jersey, southeast Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

Trenton Police Arrests Trenton Man for Unlawful Possession of Assault Rifle, Handgun with Extended Magazine

Trenton, N.J. – Interim Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced that a Trenton man has been arrested for unlawful possession of an AK-47-style assault rifle, a handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine, and multiple doses of illegal narcotics.

Raheem Wilson, 24, of Trenton, was arrested on July 10, 2021 and charged with one count each of unlawful possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a high-capacity magazine, unlawful possession of an assault rifle, being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm, possession of a handgun during the course of a controlled dangerous substance offense, possession of “dum-dum” rounds, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a park, and a motor vehicle summons.

During a vehicle slowdown operation in the area of Donnelly Homes, Wilson was allegedly seen driving a 2017 Nissan Altima at a high rate of speed. When TPD officers initiated a motor vehicle stop they observed a black Glock 17 handgun with an extended magazine on the floor of his vehicle. Wilson was then removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

After placing him under arrest, TPD officers found a loaded AK-47-style rifle with fully loaded high-capacity and drum style magazines. Distribution amounts of crack cocaine and MDMA (“Molly”) pills were also recovered from the vehicle.

Director Wilson credited officers with TPD’s Violent Crimes Rapid Response Unit and Neighborhood Task Force, under the direction of Captain Jason Astbury, with the investigation.

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. This is an ongoing investigation.

So far in 2021 the TPD has recovered 153 firearms, 88 of which were seized during arrests.

Woman Injured after falling into a sinkhole in Donnelly Homes

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) A woman leaving her Donnelly Home fell into a sinkhole near Southard street in front of Campbell Funeral Chapel on on the property of the Trenton Housing Authority Monday evening. The woman had to be pulled from the sinkhole by Trenton Housing Authority members. The woman suffered injuries to her back, she states that she lost her purse and other items in the sinkhole and was not able to recover them. The woman also stated that the area was not blocked off by pedestrian traffic. A call was made to the Trenton Housing authority but was not available for comment.

Trenton Man arrested for fatal Hamilton township House fire

The Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced Monday in a press release that the Mercer County Homicide Task Force has arrested Michael Sanders for setting the July 9, 2021, Hamilton Township fire that killed three people.
Sanders, 23, of Trenton, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree felony murder, three counts of second-degree aggravated assault, two counts of second-degree aggravated arson and one count of causing widespread injury or damage. He was taken into custody early this morning at a hotel in Plainsboro. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Sanders pending trial.


The murder charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Arson Unit.
On July 9, 2021, at approximately 3:40 a.m., a fire started at 213 Woodlawn Avenue which quickly engulfed both sides of the two and a half story, wood frame duplex, causing a partial roof collapse. A nine-month-old baby girl, identified as Malani Sanders, and a 42- year-old female, identified as Tiffany Abrams-Jones, were found deceased at the scene.

Three additional individuals were transported to the hospital with critical burn injuries. One of those individuals, 50-year-old Prince Jones, succumbed to his injuries on July 11, 2021. Jones and Abrams-Jones were the grandparents of the baby.
Detectives were able to retrieve video from numerous cameras in the area and speak to witnesses. One witness told detectives that during the night leading up to the fire, one of the residents of 213 Woodlawn Avenue, who is the mother of the deceased baby, received a text message from the baby’s father, Michael Sanders, telling her to get their baby out of the house.

Detectives determined that Sanders took a taxi from an area near his residence in Trenton and was dropped off approximately one block from 213 Woodlawn Avenue shortly after 3:00 a.m. Sanders, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, a mask, and white gloves, walked past the residence towards Greenwood Avenue approximately 15 minutes before the fire started. Detectives were also able to obtain surveillance video from the Fast Trac Gas Station on Greenwood Avenue from July 9, approximately 10 minutes before the fire, which showed Sanders making a purchase of what appears to be a dark colored torch lighter and cigars. During this purchase, he removed the mask covering his face. Sanders left the store and was observed walking on Woodlawn Avenue back in the direction of 213 Woodlawn. Approximately four minutes after Sanders passed that camera, the reflection of light from the fire at 213 Woodlawn can be seen on the video.
Additional video captured Sanders walking back to his residence on Bayard Street in Trenton. When he arrived on Bayard, he was no longer wearing a mask or gloves. Additionally, he was no longer wearing the dark hooded sweatshirt. After reviewing this video, detectives canvassed that area and recovered a dark hooded sweatshirt a few doors down from Sanders’ residence in the bottom of a basement stairway.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Jennifer Eyster at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Trenton Water Works issues Repair and Service Advisory

UPDATE Monday 10:00 AM : Trenton Water Works advises that the needed repairs are complete and the reservoir is being brought back on line at this time.

Press release from TWW: On Sunday, July 11 starting at 11 p.m., TWW will advance repairs on a failed section of pipe at the Pennington Avenue Reservoir. We will activate an interconnection with New Jersey American Water (NJAW) to supply water to the TWW system while key water-distribution systems are temporarily shut down during the aged-pipe repair.

This work will take approximately 72 hours. During this time horizon, customers in our service area will experience lower water pressure. TWW’s 24/7 emergency phone number is (609) 989-3222.

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