3 Day multi-agency operation leads to 20 arrests in Trenton. Drugs, guns, ammunition, and cash seized

TRENTON, NJ: The New Jersey State Police, Trenton Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, and the New Jersey Department of Corrections conducted a 3-day mobile deployment initiative in the city of Trenton that resulted in the arrest of 20 fugitives and the seizure of drugs, guns, ammunition, and cash.

Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, Crime Suppression Central Unit, K-9 Unit, and Electronic Surveillance Unit along with members of the United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force – Trenton Division, Trenton Police Department, and the New Jersey Department of Corrections targeted violent, recidivist criminals who had warrants for their arrest and were believed to be involved in recent criminal activity within the city. The targets for the operation were identified through various investigative means including street level-intelligence, patrol advisories, and information provided by the Crime Analysis Unit of the New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC).

From Wednesday, August 26 to Friday, August 28, a total of 20 fugitives wanted by state, county, and local law enforcement agencies were apprehended in Trenton. The accused were wanted for various crimes including unlawful possession of firearms, certain persons not to possess a firearm, parole violations, burglary, and various drug-related offenses. All suspects were lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center.

Evidence seized as a result of the operation:
• .40 caliber Hi-Point semi-auto handgun (defaced) with extended magazine
• .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-auto handgun
• .32 caliber RG revolver
• .357 caliber revolver
• 12-gauge Remington shotgun
• 10-gauge Browning shotgun
• Hollow point ammunition
• More than 21 bricks of heroin
• More than 10 grams of crack cocaine
• More than 3 pounds of marijuana
• 18 ecstasy pills
• More than $38,400 cash

“This fugitive operation reflects the commitment of our state, federal and local law enforcement agencies to work together to stem the tide of violence in Trenton,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Through these warrant sweeps, we not only take dangerous criminals off the street, we also develop leads that can assist us in dismantling the drug networks that are driving gun violence in the city and fueling the epidemic of opiate addiction. I commend all of the law enforcement partners who collaborated in this proactive violence-suppression effort.”

“This multi-agency collaborative operation resulted in the apprehension of dangerous fugitives from justice, many of whom were armed at the time of their arrest, responsible for violent crimes within the city of Trenton,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Our commitment to protecting our Capital City does not end with these 20 arrests. We will continue to work cooperatively with our law enforcement partners in our relentless pursuit of violent crime offenders who attempt to hide from justice.”

“This initiative clearly demonstrates that there are significant legal consequences for those who willfully engage in corrupt, unlawful activity,” said New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus O. Hicks, Esq. “We are grateful to those members of the criminal justice system who collaborated on this operation.”

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Family seeking public’s assistance in locating missing female

UPDATE: THE FEMALE HAS BEEN LOCATED

MISSING: A family is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing female by the name of Casey Punjani, of Lumberton, NJ. Casey is described as a female in her 20s, 5’3”, with green eyes and brown hair. She was last seen Sunday, April 19, in the Mayfair area of Philadelphia. The family states Casey is known to travel into the Trenton area.

Anyone with any information regarding Casey Punjani or her whereabouts are asked to contact the Lumberton Police Department at 609-267-1111.

Police seeking arrest of man after pursuit that began in Bordentown and ended in Trenton

One man was arrested after he crashed his vehicle while attempting to elude police.

The incident originated on April 22 at about 4:28 p.m. in front of the Grab & Go Matt located at 420 Keim Boulevard in Burlington City. A witness contacted police and reported that a female located outside the store was being assaulted by a male by punching and “head-butting” the victim. The victim had visible injuries and advised the witness that her male acquaintance had been “beating her all day.” Burlington City officers responded and observed the couple enter a Burgundy Chevy Truck and attempted to effectuate a stop of the vehicle to investigate the domestic assault allegations. The vehicle operator fled from the officer at a high rate of speed and Burlington City Police Department immediately issued an alert requesting assistance in locating the vehicle and occupants.

The vehicle was then observed by Bordentown Township Police at approximately 5:35 p.m. pulling into the Petro Truck Stop at 402 Rising Sun Road in Bordentown Township. A stop was attempted and the operator again fled at a high rate of speed which resulted in a police pursuit. During the pursuit, the operator of the Chevy Truck struck a grey Toyota Tacoma on Rt. 130 in the area of Ward Avenue and continued to flee from police. The operator of the Toyota was uninjured and Bordentown Township officers continued to pursue the vehicle as it entered I-195 West and continued into the City of Trenton. The vehicle was able to elude police and the pursuit was terminated.

As officers continued to search for the vehicle, the Trenton Police Department received a call complaining that it was operating “aggressively” and subsequently located it disabled as a result of a collision in the area of Calhoun Street and West Hanover Street. The female victim, 34, of Portland, ME was rescued by officers at this time and the male suspect fled on foot. The vehicle was determined to have been stolen out of Portland, ME, and it’s license plate was also recently reported stolen out of Philadelphia.

Suspect vehicle after collision at Calhoun St and West Hanover St

An extensive search ensued for the suspect with assistance from the New Jersey State Police along with their aviation unit, Trenton Police Department, NJ Transit Police, and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit. Despite these efforts, the suspect was unable to be located and is identified as Paul Grandmaison, 41, of Portland, ME. Burlington City PD has issued a warrant charging Grandmaison with domestic violence, aggravated assault, eluding, and receiving stolen property. Bordentown Township Police will file similar eluding and receiving stolen property offenses.

Paul Grandmaison

Police ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Paul Grandmaison to contact the Burlington City PD at 609-386-3300 or Bordentown Township PD at 609-298-4300. All tips are confidential.

City mourning the lost of a smiling Soul

If you have ever broken a bone and went to Champion Orthopedics, you most likely would have come into contact with smiling star Nyshera Peterson at the front desk or in the exam room because she certainly did it all. Nyshera was really passionate about her position at Champion Orthopedics and if it was snowing or any type of hazardous conditions, she would still drive to work being the woman she was, she has never called out of work unless she was hospitalized. Nyshera previously worked for Walmart in Princeton NJ for a number of years as a Customer Service Representative. Nyshera recently suffered a stroke while working and was transported to the hospital where she went under treatment for approximately two months and she eventually passed away on April 2nd leaving behind her Husband, two sons and family who love her dearly. Nyshera was very well known in the Trenton community for her fried chicken, the percolator dance and for her overall greatness. Nyshera was considered a mother figure to many people and she helped everyone she could when she could. She will definitely be missed. ~Peterson

Peterson-I love you! NyShera was definitely not going out without a crowd of people.❤️❤️ I have been through a lot as a child and she was there though it all. I was never the shining star in middle or high school, but she set me straight and continued to help making sure I was good. The last thing I tired to get her to do was come to the American Dream Mall. I said to her I was excepted into the Law Enforcement Academy, she was so happy for me. I never knew that would be our last conversation. NyShera would say “Live your best life” So please live your best life.

Mercer Generating Station has disappeared from NJ skyline

The former PSEG Mercer Generating Station on Duck Island in Hamilton Township has disappeared from New Jerseys Skyline Saturday morning.

The building was imploded Saturday morning at about 7 a.m. following the smoke stack implosion which took place on Saturday, February 1. Multiple residents from Burlington County and Mercer County reported hearing the loud explosions.

It was a familiar landmark with twin smoke stacks of the former Mercer Generating Station since the 1960’s. It was visible from Route 29 and many other locations in the Hamilton-Trenton area.

The PSEG Station was shut down in 2017 due to high costs of upgrades and low costs of other methods of power generation.

Drivers traveling on Route 29 at the time were able to see the implosion, and some gathered at other areas to watch it all go down, literally!

The Hamilton Township Office of Emergency Management issued an alert telling nearby residence to prepare for the noise. “(Message from Hamilton Township) Mercer Generating Station demolition to occur 4.4.2020. Elevated noise levels may be heard during this time. For any questions, contact HPD at 609-581-4000.”

Before
After

Photos and videos taken by PBN Tyler Eckel at John A. Roebling Memorial Park.

Man dies while being taken into Police custody at city Hospital

A man died while being taken into Trenton police custody Friday afternoon, outside St. Francis Medical Center in the parking lot.

The man flat-lined while getting handcuffed after cops were called because the male took off his shirt and threw objects at passing vehicles.

The man took off running into a parking lot of St. Francis Medical Center, where he passed out while being taken into custody.

Medical personnel ran outside to the aid of Police officers to perform CPR with police but were unsuccessful. New Jersey State Police is investigating the mans death.