MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF KEMLER TO COLLECT UNUSED-EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND VAPE DEVICES ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 24

Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler announces the opportunity to dispose of unneeded and expired prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

The goal is to help local residents to rid their medicine cabinets of unused and easily abused opioid painkillers, in addition to any other unneeded prescription medications.

Mercer County residents can easily drop off unused and expired prescription pills, by bringing them to the parking lot across from the Mercer County Administration Building at 640 South Broad Street in Trenton, between 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. 

The disposal event will also collect vape pens and other e-cigarette devices, however ONLY after all batteries have been removed prior by the individual. Syringes, sharp instruments, liquid medications, or solutions cannot be accepted. Participants in the drop-off are asked to follow social distancing rules.

“The fall season is a good time to gather up any unused or expired prescriptions from your medicine cabinet, especially dangerous opioid painkillers,” said Sheriff Kemler. “Addiction or accidental use can too easily begin right from your own medicine cabinet,” added Kemler.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible method for disposing of unneeded and expired prescription pills. The program is conducted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information, contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Programs Section at 609-278-7159.

Three Lawrence Township Police Officers Charged in Internal Affairs Investigation

LAWRENCE TWP:

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that three Lawrence Township police officers face criminal charges as a result of an internal affairs investigation.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted by Lawrence Township police earlier this month regarding allegations of deceptive conduct and falsification of records by three of its officers in the pursuit of personal interests.
The investigation revealed that the officers engaged in intentional misrepresentations of their actual locations, which included falsifying reports and records. One of the officers is also accused of realigning his in-car video recorder. These officers allowed their purely personal interests to infect the proper performance of their legal obligations as police officers.
As a result of the investigation, Officer Hector Nieves, 44, was charged with falsifying government records, tampering with records, and violation of Governor’s Executive Order No. 118. Officer Liubove Bjorklund, 32, was charged with falsifying government records and violation of Governor’s Executive Order No. 118. Officer Timothy Wallace, 28, was charged with falsifying government records. All three officers were served summons complaints Thursday morning.
It was determined that Nieves falsely documented his location in CAD records on 19 occasions between March 21, 2020 and May 11, 2020. He violated an executive order

by entering the New Jersey Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park in Princeton on April 23, 2020, while the park was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for a purpose unrelated to any official function or capacity. It was also discovered that, on multiple occasions, Nieves altered the view of the camera in his assigned patrol vehicle so that it did not capture him covertly meeting with an off-duty female police officer. In one incident, the camera’s position was altered so that it would not record Nieves and the off-duty officer meeting or entering the closed park, thereby concealing the unlawful conduct.
Bjorklund is charged with falsifying her location in meal break CFS documents on 11 occasions between March 20, 2020 and May 4, 2020. She also violated an executive order by entering the New Jersey Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park in Princeton on April 23, 2020, while the park was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for a purpose unrelated to any official function or capacity.
Wallace is charged with falsely documenting his location in a CAD record on May 4, 2020.
Tampering with records is a fourth-degree charge. Violation of an executive order and falsifying government records are disorderly persons offenses.
All three officers have been suspended from the police department without pay.

COVID-19 Drive Up Testing site at Quaker Bridge Mall for Residents

The Covid-19 Testing site opened Tuesday March 31.

The Testing center is by appointment only for symptomatic Mercer County residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider. If you are symptomatic for Covid-19 and want to be tested, contact your Health care provider.

The Testing center, which initially will be open weekdays from 8 A.m to 4 p.m, is a collaborative effort between the County of Mercer, Robert Wood Johnson University hospital Hamilton,Capital Health, St. Francis medical center in Trenton and the Trenton Health team.

No one should be tested without being symptomatic. If the Primary health care provider deems a test is necessary, they will fax a prescription to the Mercer County call center with the patients phone number. Staff will then call the patient, take registration information and schedule an appointment,providing testing site instructions.

For the health, safety and security of the staff at the site, patients will not be permitted to leave their vehicles. Walk-ups are not permitted.

Two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been found in Lawrence Township

LAWRENCE TWP: Two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been found in Lawrence Township, increasing the total in Mercer County to six.

The Lawrence Township Health Department, in a statement, said it was notified March 15 that two members of a family in the township tested positive for COVID-19. Both people have been under home quarantine.

The Lawrence Township Health Department has conducted interviews with the individuals who tested positive to identify close contacts who are at elevated risk of potential exposure. These at-risk individuals are being contacted by the health department to advise them about precautions to take to prevent the spread of the virus, according to a statement from Lawrence Township. These individuals will be asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the positive cases.

Lawrence Township ambulance involved in crash in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ: A Lawrence Township ambulance was involved in a motor vehicle collision with another vehicle at the intersection of North Olden Avenue and Brunswick Avenue Friday night while transporting a patient to the hospital. The Lawrence Township ambulance called for two additional ambulances for transport of the patient on board, as well as a crew member of the ambulance squad.