HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Police responded to Roebling Park, also known as White City Lake, just after 6:30 Friday afternoon when multiple 911 calls reported over 30 gunshots in the area. Police located two males who appeared to be firing a gun at targets on trees, disregarding multiple signs throughout the park that prohibit discharge of any weapon. White City Lake is not only surrounded by homes, but Route 29 also cuts through a portion of the park. Luckily, these men were taken into custody before the situation injured, or even killed someone. Hamilton Police are investigating the crime scene.
TRENTON (Mercer) Trenton fire department responded to the 700 block of Southard street Tuesday night after receiving multiple 911 calls for a house fire. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the residence and had trouble gaining entry as well, there were reports of a person possibly trapped inside the home but was later found dead in the home. The fire grew so intense that all fire personnel had to leave the house and move to a defensive operation shortly after that a loud explosion occurred that sent residents watching running screaming. The fire chief placed the fire under control just after 11:00 Pm, there were no reports of any injuries to firefighters, Trenton Ems and Capital Health paramedics were on scene standing by. The Mercer County Prosecutors office arson unit and the Trenton fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
Hamilton (Mercer): A Suv and a pickup truck collided at the intersection of South Clinton Ave and Redwood Ave Tuesday evening. One male was transported to Robert Wood University Hospital Hamilton and another driver refused medical treatment . A neighbor stated that the intersection is prone to crashes and that it has left his dog traumatized from previous crashes and that speed bumps be put in place to slow drivers down.
HAMILTON (MERCER): A man was struck by a vehicle just after 6:00 Wednesday night at the intersection of South Broad Street and Lacey Avenue. The victim was transported to the hospital in stable condition.
Photos: Tyler Eckel
Sheriff Jack Kemler announced the release of a newly updated mobile app for the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. The app’s newest release is a major upgrade from the original Sheriff’s App introduced in 2016. The Sheriff’s App was fully redesigned over the summer months to improve access to alerts, news, and resources for Mercer County residents and businesses.
The interactive app is designed to provide real-time information to the public on their smartphones or tablets. Information on the Mercer County Sheriff’s App includes news and emergency alerts, senior citizen program information, general services to the public, Sheriff’s sale information, crime tips, airport information, and the ever-popular Mercer’s Most Wanted list.
“The newly upgraded Sheriff’s App is easy-to-use and designed to better serve, inform, and protect county residents,” said Sheriff Kemler.
The Sheriff’s App also includes important resources on COVID-19 from the CDC, links to traffic information, program offerings, as well as a “Submit a Tip” feature that allows users to confidentially report crime tips directly to the Sheriff’s Office. Another key upgrade is the addition of an interactive map of Mercer County sex offenders. Users can simply pinpoint a neighborhood for the locations and the identities of offenders.
The app is available to anyone, free of charge in the Apple and Android app stores. For those who already have the app, the newest version conveniently updates on their phones or tablets automatically. The upgraded app was designed by Sheriff’s Office staff along with The Sheriffs App/OCV, which specializes in mobile app development for public safety departments. To download the Mercer County Sheriff’s App click: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a17208608
“Please take a moment to download the free app to your phone or tablet – then share it with your family, friends, and neighbors so that they too can receive our important news and alerts,” Sheriff Kemler added.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Police and EMS responded to Yardville-Hamilton Square Road in the area of Veterans Park for a head on motor vehicle crash around 5:15 PM. Witnesses stated that one of the vehicles crossed into oncoming traffic. Both victims were transported to the hospital by Robertwood Johnson EMS and Capital Health Paramedics. A Township sand truck was requested to sand the Northbound lane of Yardville-Hamilton Square Road for oil and other fluids in the roadway.
The Princeton Police Department is seeking your help in locating a missing “at risk” person by the name of Jeffery Bossart. Jeffery Bossart is a 67 year old white male, 6’0” in height and 200 lbs. Bossart was last seen on September 1, 2020 at 11:00 PM in the area of Bayard Lane on foot. If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Jeffery Bossart, Princeton Police asl you to please call them at 609-921-2100 or dial 911.
Through a coordinated effort between the Princeton Police Department and the New Jersey State Police, Jeffery Bossart, who was reported missing September 2, 2020 to Princeton Police Department, was found deceased in Community Park North. Based on the initial information learned from the investigation, Mr. Bossart’s death is considered not suspicious at this time.
The Hamilton Police Division is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual captured on video surveillance.
The suspect is wanted for questioning regarding a theft and fraudulent use of a credit card that took place on August 27, 2020 at the Gulf Gas Station on the 1100 block of Chambers Street in Hamilton, NJ.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the above pictured individual is asked to contact Detective Daniel Inman of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4035 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.
HAMILTON TWP ( Mercer) Trenton Police Officer Kevin Starkey was released from Rehabilitation in Philadelphia on Friday, August 28th. Starkey arrived at his Hamilton Township home with a large welcoming of Police-Firefighters-EMTs from all over Mercer County, speechless as he hugged his niece and his colleagues.
Wednesday July 29th around 2 a.m.
An investigation has revealed that Trenton police officers were made aware of a social media posting that showed a group of individuals with guns driving around the west district of the city looking for people to shoot. An alert was broadcast via the radio and at approximately 2:26 a.m., Officers Michael Gettler and Jeffery Pownall came upon a 2003 red Ford Focus four-door sedan. After checking the license plate and confirming it was stolen in Trenton, the officers tried to initiate a traffic stop on Parkside Avenue when the vehicle began to elude them. The officers pursued the vehicle into Ewing Township onto Olden Avenue and then back into Trenton. As the officers pursued the vehicle past the Home Depot on Olden Avenue in Ewing, at least four rounds were fired from the Ford Focus at the patrol vehicle before entering back into the city. The patrol vehicle was struck one time in the top light bar before bouncing off the roof of the patrol vehicle. The officers continued their pursuit of the Ford Focus back into Trenton and as the vehicle approached the intersection of North Olden and North Clinton avenues, the stolen vehicle struck a responding Trenton police vehicle containing Officers Kevin Starkey and Brian Walker. Both vehicles spun and the stolen vehicle struck a white minivan that was traveling in the opposite direction.
Trenton Police Officers Orlando Santiago and Andy Gomez then approached the stolen vehicle and Officer Santiago slipped in fluids from the crash. He sustained cuts to his elbow as a result. Officer Gomez sustained lacerations to his hand from glass that was broken out. The three suspects were taken into custody without further incident. All injured officers and suspects were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.
One shell casing and two projectiles were recovered by the Home Depot in Ewing. A FN PS90 sub-gun was recovered in the city in the area in front of 664 Olden Avenue. A Glock 26 9mm and an AR-15 pistol were recovered in the backseat of the stolen Ford Focus, and three spent 9mm casings were recovered in the front passenger seat floor board.
Twenty-one individuals are facing charges in New Jersey for sexually exploiting children online. Attorney General Grewal announced Wednesday the arrests on 19 men, one woman, and one juvenile in “Operation Screen Capture,” a collaborative operation launched in response to a dramatic increase in reports of potential threats to children from online predators during the coronavirus pandemic.
Eighteen of the individuals are charged with endangering the welfare of children for possession and/or distribution of child sexual abuse materials. The other three individuals – two men and one woman – are being charged with sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault children.
There had been an increase of up to 50 percent of cyber tips to the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about potential threats to children online in New Jersey since the start of the pandemic in March.
The operation came from cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), as well as other undercover chat investigations where perpetrators were attempting to meet children or other individuals online in order to sexually assault children.
One of the accused is from Mercer County: Juan Ceballos, 31, of Hamilton: Arrested June 26 for 3rd Degree of Possession of Child Pornography.
Operation Screen Capture was led by the Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, ICAC Task Force, US Homeland Security Investigations, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. The New Jersey State Parole Board assisted with arrests and search warrants.
All arrests were made between March 18 and July 32, 2020.