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Police recover 30 shell casings in Rosemont Avenue shooting

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) Trenton Police are investigating a shooting on Rosemont Avenue between Hoffman Avenue and Elmhurst Avenue Thursday evening around 5:53, Pm after being alerted from the Trenton police’s gunfire detection system, yellow shell casing markers filled the street with at least 30 shell casings in the street and sidewalk multiple parked cars were struck by bullets. No injuries were reported, but the investigation is ongoing according to Captain Peter Weremijenko. If anyone has any information, they can call our anonymous tip line at 609-989-DRUG (3784)

Trenton Police Looking For Missing Female

UPDATE: Sandra Weissman has been located. She was found unharmed in Cheltenham PA.

Trenton, NJ ( Mercer) The Trenton Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Sandra Weismann. Weismann is 58 years of age, 5’02” and approximately 100 pounds.

Weismann was last seen in the area of 215 East Front Street around February 28, 2021. Weismann is known to frequent the downtown area of Trenton, buther whereabouts are unknown as she left herresidence on foot. Weismann was wearing a black leather jacket, flower leggings, brown furry boots, and a black scarf around her hair. Weismann walks with very bowed legs.

Anyone with information on Weismann’swhereabouts are asked to contact the Trenton Police Department at 609-989-4000 or the anonymous tip line at 609-989-3663.

Trenton Central Highschool Students Win First Place!

Recently, the American Alliance for Theatre & Education held their, “Show Shirt Day” competition in which theatre students from schools and theatre groups around the nation were given the opportunity to submit their cast photo for a chance to win AATE’s annual competition.

Most of the TCHS cast from “Twisted Tales of Poe” took a Show Shirt Day photo and entered it hoping to get enough likes/loves on Facebook to secure the win. Thanks to help from the school, friends/family and the community, TCHS won 1st Place in the competition!

Felicia Brown, Theatre Teacher for TCHS, stated recently on a Facebook post “Thank you everyone. The students had 148 likes/loves, the highest amount for the Show Shirt Contest! I can’t wait to tell them in class.” Ms. Brown was also just awarded the Career Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year for the State of NJ, another very commendable win for Brown and how appropriate for it to occur during Women’s History Month.

These phenomenal students along with Ms. Brown are doing a great job in showcasing how even during a pandemic, excellence is still possible!

Nation’s Premier Collegiate Honor Society Inducts Jayda M. ByrdInto Membership

Jayda M. Byrd, a graduate of Trenton Central High School’s Class of 2020 and a Freshman at Rider University, has accepted an invitation of lifetime membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the nation’s leading certified honor society for high-achieving first- and second-year college students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

NSCS is an honors organization that invites less than ten percent of all eligible students nationwide to join the ranks of its diverse membership each year. A leading interdisciplinary academic honor society, NSCS is made up of scholars from two-year, four-year and online institutions.

“NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement; it is a distinction of honor,” said Scott Mobley, NSCS Executive Director. “Our scholars are some of the best of the best who have shown an unwavering commitment to academic excellence early in their collegiate journey. These dynamic individuals embody the NSCS pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service, and many go on to become active contributors within their respective fields.”

Founded in 1994 by veteran student affairs professional Stephen Loflin, NSCS continues to remain true to its promise of recognizing, elevating, and connecting high-achievers. With a portfolio of exclusive benefits that include access to over a million dollars in scholarships, chapter funds and awards annually, professional development resources, exclusive tailored content, and leadership and service experiences, NSCS is poised to support member growth and development throughout their academic and collegiate journey.
“NSCS members’ deep commitment to service, integrity, and scholarship positively impact their campuses and local communities every day,” said Mobley.

Notable NSCS distinguished honorary members include former president Jimmy Carter, U.S. Ambassador Dr. Robin Renee Sanders, the late Senator John McCain, and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.
“We welcome Jayda M. Byrd to our community of like-minded, high-achieving nationwide scholars,” Mobley said.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving first-and-second year college students. With its three pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service, NSCS is proud to provide career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out more than $750,000 in scholarships (often with multiple recipients per award), awards and chapter funds annually. NSCS has 300+ chapters nation-wide and nearly two million lifetime members globally. NSCS is a 501c3 registered nonprofit, certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies, member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, American Association of Community Colleges, and 100 percent FERPA compliant, per an independent review by AACRAO. Learn more at nscs.org.

Pedestrian fatality struck in South Trenton

Trenton, NJ ( Mercer ) Trenton Police responded to the area of Route 129 and Lalor street after a pedestrian was fatality struck by a vehicle Sunday evening around 6:20 p.m. . Trenton firefighters had to extricate the male pedestrian from underneath the vehicle after a woman ran over the pedestrian. The male was pronounced dead on scene. The crash is under investigation, the woman that struck the pedestrian was cooperating with police.

City of Trenton and N.J. Community Capital to Host Business Services Webinar on March 10

Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced that the City of Trenton Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) and N.J. Community Capital (NJCC) will host an online business seminar on Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. to talk about resources available to Trenton businesses, notably the Paycheck Protection Program and the City of Trenton Emergency Loan Program.

The virtual panel will consist of several speakers from NJCC, including Marie Mascherin, Leah Apgar, and David Langlieb, who will discuss the Paycheck Protection Program. City HED Economic Development Specialist Eric Maywar will talk about the City of Trenton Emergency Loan Program. The event will conclude with a question-and-answer session with Trenton businesses.

Businesses interested in attending the webinar can register here. The webinar will be recorded so that businesses who cannot attend the meeting will still have access to the discussion.

Both the NJCC Paycheck Protection Programand the City Emergency Loan Program are available for small businesses that need help covering payroll, rent, mortgage, utility and other costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve been doing everything we can to ensure an environment that is attractive for both existing and new businesses,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Whether its coordinating weekly pick-up events to support local restaurants or working with groups like NJCC to ensure additional financial support during these trying times, we want our businesses to know we have their back. I encourage every Trenton business that’s interested in the Paycheck Protection Program or the Emergency Loan Program to tune in next week.”


Biz Support Webinar

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Maple Shade Resident Arrested for Trenton Murder

Trenton, NJ ( Mercer) A 23-year-old Maple Shade man has been arrested and charged with the murder of Lovelle Laramore on February 24, 2021, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Trenton Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to 407 Home Avenue on a report of an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, they found 60-year-old Lovelle Laramore on the couch with two gunshot wounds to the head. He was pronounced dead on scene.

An investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department revealed that Davon Marecheau was with the victim, his great-uncle, inside the residence on February 24 at the time of the murder. Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance that recorded audio of the gunshots as well as video of Marecheau leaving the scene after the shooting. During an execution of a search warrant at Marecheau’s apartment on March 4, detectives located several thousand dollars that Marecheau had taken from the victim’s residence after the murder.

Marecheau is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and theft. He is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

1 injured in Downtown Trenton Apartment fire

Trenton ( Mercer) A woman had to be transported Thursday night by Trenton Ems after she called 911 reporting she saw fire coming up her window on the second floor at her Hanover Street apartment. Trenton firefighters arrived on scene and had to pick up the elderly woman and moved her to a safe location giving the woman to Ems said Battalion Chief Dale. The fire started in the rear of the apartment where a storage area is. The is under investigation. The elderly woman was transported to Capital Health Medical center for smoke inhalation.

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.

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