Category Archives: TRENTON ,NJ

Two Injured After Crashing Into North Olden Ave Bridge

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) A crash left two people with injures after after striking the Bridge on North Olden Ave between Taylor Street & Parker Ave. The crash happened just after midnight on Monday, the vehicle caught fire after striking the bridge Trenton firefighters extinguished the fire and provided aid to the driver and passenger. Trenton Ems transported both occupants to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The cause of the crash is unknown Trenton Police are investigating.

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) UN accidente dejó dos personas con heridas después de golpear el puente en North Olden Ave entre Taylor Street y Parker Ave. El accidente ocurrió justo después de medianoche del lunes, El vehículo incendió después de golpear el puente los bomberos de Trenton apagaron el fuego y proporcionaron ayuda al conductor y al pasajero. Trenton EMS transportó a ambos ocupantes al Centro médico Regional de Capital Health. La causa del accidente es desconocida Trenton Policía están investigando.

City employee arrested after stealing 168 items from City

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley announced that a City of Trenton sanitation employee was arrested for knowingly being in possession of stolen property.

Paul Bethea, 61, of Trenton, is charged with one count of receiving stolen property.

On Friday afternoon, April 2, 2021 around 2:00 p.m., Trenton Police Officers responded to 675 Prospect Street after receiving a call about a verbal dispute. Officers spoke with the owner of the location who told them that he had allowed Bethea to store property in a vacant part of the building for the last six months. The owner had become suspicious that some of the property was stolen.

The officers discovered that some of the property, including at least two snow blowers, was reported stolen from 260 North Willow Street late last year. During the investigation, Bethea was arrested at the scene.

Officers recovered 168 pieces of property – mostly power tools and lawn equipment – from the location. The investigation is ongoing as the detectives attempt to determine if any additional property has been reported stolen. Anyone with related information is asked to call the Trenton Police anonymous tip line at 609-989-3784.

Paul Bethea

Man injured after being struck by Car in South Ward

Trenton, NJ ( Mercer) Trenton Police and Ems responded to the 400 block of Centre Street around 5 Pm Sunday. The male was struck by a vehicle and fled the scene the male could be heard shouting out in pain as EMT’s and firefighters aided the man. Trenton emergency medical services transported the man to Capital Health trauma center.

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) Trenton Police y EMS respondieron al bloque 400 de Center Street alrededor de las 5 PM Sunday. El hombre fue golpeado por un vehículo y huyó de la escena que el hombre podía ser escuchado gritando con dolor mientras los EMT y los bomberos ayudaban al hombre. Los servicios médicos de emergencia de Trenton transportaron al hombre al centro de trauma Capital Health.

Man Killed After being struck by two cars on Route 29

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) The Trenton Police Department along with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office is investigating after a male was struck by two vehicles on Route 29 Northbound near the exit to Riverside Ave Saturday night. Trenton Ems and Capital Health paramedics pronounced the male deceased on scene.

UPDATE : victim, identified as Marcus Drury, a 51-year-old man from Frazier Street in Trenton.

Press release from TPD: On Saturday, April 3, 2021 at approximately 8:30 pm, Trenton Police officers responded to the area of Route 29 North and Hermitage Avenue after receiving reports of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Officers discovered the victim, identified as Marcus Drury, a 51-year-old man from Frazier Street in Trenton. Mr. Drury was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that two vehicles struck the victim. The drivers of both vehicles have been identified, as well as the vehicles involved. The investigation is on-going and we ask that anyone with any information contact the Trenton Police Department anonymous tip line at 609-989-DRUG (3784).

The investigation is being conducted by Trenton Police Detective Nicholas Morgante, along with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) el Departamento de Policía de Trenton, junto con la oficina del Fiscal del Condado de Mercer, está investigando después de que un hombre fue golpeado por dos vehículos en la Ruta 29 en dirección norte cerca de la salida a Riverside Ave el sábado por la noche. Los paramédicos de Trenton EMS y Capital Health pronunciaron al varón fallecido en el lugar.

ACTUALIZACIÓN : víctima, identificada como Marcus Drury, un hombre de 51 años de la calle Frazier en Trenton.

Comunicado de prensa del TPD: El sábado 3 de abril de 2021 aproximadamente a las 8:30 pm, agentes de la Policía de Trenton respondieron al área de la Ruta 29 Norte y la Avenida Hermitage después de recibir informes de un peatón golpeado por un vehículo de motor. Los agentes descubrieron a la víctima, identificada como Marcus Drury, un hombre de 51 años de edad de Frazier Street en Trenton. El Sr. Drury fue declarado muerto en el lugar del accidente. La investigación preliminar reveló que dos vehículos golpearon a la víctima. Se ha identificado a los conductores de ambos vehículos, así como a los vehículos implicados. La investigación está en curso y le pedimos que cualquier persona con cualquier información contacte a la línea anónima de la punta del Departamento de Policía de Trenton al 609-989-DRUG (3784).

La investigación está siendo llevada a cabo por el detective de policía de Trenton Nicholas Morgante, junto con la Fiscalía del Condado de Mercer.

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Trenton Man Charged with Assaulting and Robbing Federal Agent at Gunpoint

Jabree Johnson, 28, of Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. – A Trenton man was charged today with assaulting a federal agent with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Jabree Johnson, 28, of Trenton, is charged by complaint with one count of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon, one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon of an individual with custody of federal property, and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in which the firearm was discharged. Johnson is currently in custody on related charges filed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the assault. He will make his initial appearance by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zahid N. Quraishi on a date to be determined.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On March 22, 2021, federal law enforcement officers were investigating firearms trafficking and other illegal activities in Trenton and Hamilton, New Jersey. An undercover federal law enforcement agent arranged to purchase multiple firearms from an individual later identified as Johnson.

After arriving at an agreed-upon location for the firearms transaction, Johnson entered the undercover federal agent’s vehicle and handed the agent a black, semi-automatic firearm. The undercover federal agent inspected the firearm and then returned it to Johnson, and requested to see the other firearms that Johnson had agreed to sell. Instead, Johnson pointed the loaded firearm directly at the undercover federal agent and demanded money from the agent. In response, the undercover federal agent provided Johnson with an amount of U.S. currency. Johnson then ordered the undercover federal agent out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The agent exited the vehicle as ordered, drew a service-issued firearm, and fired at Johnson, striking Johnson in the shoulder. Johnson fired his handgun multiple times at the undercover federal agent before fleeing the area. Johnson was later identified at a local hospital as the individual who had assaulted and robbed the undercover federal agent at gunpoint.

The charge of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of robbery of federal property with a dangerous weapon carries a maximum potential penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence carries a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, which must run consecutive to any other sentence imposed, and a maximum of life in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr.; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Sheilah Coley; officers of the Hamilton Township Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief James Stevens; troopers of the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, and detectives and prosecutors of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, with the investigation leading to today’s charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric A. Boden and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Katie Magee Lee of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defense Counsel: TBD Johnson.Complaint.pdf

Easter Bunny to Visit Trenton Children via Fire Truck this Saturday

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today that the City of Trenton will celebrate Easter by having the Easter Bunny visit each ward on a Trenton Fire Department truck this Saturday, April 3, 2021.

The tour takes the place of the annual “Great Egg Hunt” sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Trenton and held in Cadwalader Park since 1921. The usual event was modified to account for ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

City residents are invited to greet the Easter Bunny as he starts from Fire Headquarters on Perry Street at 11:30 a.m. then travels to MLK Jr. Blvd., Clinton Ave., Hamilton Ave., Broad St., Pennington Ave., Stuyvesant Ave., and Hillvista Blvd before reaching Cadwalader Park at 1:00 p.m. All children at the park will receive a treat from the “Bunny Patrol” free of charge. Participants are asked to wear a mask and always maintain social distance during the event.

Click here to view the routes to and fromCadwalader Park.

The event is sponsored by Trenton Fire Department, the Kiwanis Club of Trenton, Science Mentors One-to-One, N.J. Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Locals 6 and 206 and Wegman’s Market Princeton.

Living Donor Kidney Needed – A message from Dan Napoleon

Dear Friends and Family –

Some of you may know and many of you do not know that a few years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease and over time, my kidney disease has gotten worse causing my kidneys not to work well enough to keep me alive. I now have End Stage Renal Disease – or kidney failure. This is what I am facing now, and my treatment options are limited to dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.

I am receiving regular dialysis treatments, three times a week for four hours at a time. This helps my kidneys do their job to keep me alive, but a transplant would offer me more freedom and the ability to live a longer, healthier, more normal life. A transplant would also give me more time to do the fun things I enjoy most, like spending time with my family and friends!

However, finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy. Just ask the 100,000+ people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney like me. Time is not on our side. Some wait for years; many die while waiting. The average wait time is five years or more for a kidney from a deceased donor. However, there is another option: receiving a kidney from a living donor.

I am humbly asking a family member or a friend to consider donating a kidney to me. I know this is difficult decision (imagine how difficult it is to have to ask), but it greatly improves my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney donation typically lasts longer and has better function.

You might not know a lot about living donation – I know I didn’t before kidney disease affected my life. Understandably, some people are afraid about the surgery and what living with one kidney will mean for them. Here’s some basic information about kidney donation:

• You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.
• Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions.
• The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks.
• The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by my insurance.
• You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate and look out for YOUR interests as a living donor.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider, I would be happy to tell you more about my story and explore the process of determining if you are a match for me. You can either inbox me or call/text me at 609.577.5060.

I know living donation may not be right for everyone — but you can still help! Please feel free to share my story with everyone you know and also consider being an organ donor. At the very least I want to bring awareness to kidney disease and living donation. I am prayerful my efforts will help me receive a kidney sooner and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the wait list.

Thank you for your consideration. If nothing else, please continue to pray strength for me and my family! -Dan

TCHS Women’s Tea Finishes Women’s History Month “A Cut Above the Rest!”

On Tuesday of this week, Administrators and Teachers from TCHS all joined together to help close out Women’s History Month in a special way for students.

Each year, the school has the Annual Women’s Tea to celebrate women and girls both in and out of the District. Traditionally, this event has been hosted by Dorita Gray, Cosmetology Teacher but this year, Biology Teacher Nicole Hamlet joined in to assist along with a few others. This year’s theme was “Girls in Pearls” and the ladies all dressed up in pink, yellow and white with their pearls.

Thanks to Aramark, 50 young ladies received a specially prepared box lunch filled with a Roasted Turkey BLT with an avocado spread and spring mix; tri color pasta with Italian seasoning, baked potato chips, and mini cheese cake rolls. To wash it all down, they each received a beautifully decorated bottle of infused water containing lemon, ginger and fresh mint leaves.

The group of women met at the High School and personally distributed the boxed lunches to the girls throughout the city to prepare them for their special virtual presentation that would feature guest speaker, The Honorable Judge Demetrica Todd-Ruiz.

Each delivery was met with a big smile and a hearty “Thank you.” It was an exciting time considering students have not been back to school since last March.

Interim Principal Deirdre Brown posted on Facebook, “Our teachers and administrators go above and beyond for our students. Thank you to Interim Principal, Mary Courtney, VP Tinty Bose; our teachers, Ms. Gray, Mrs. Hamlet – Event Chairwomen as well as, Monica Morris, Crystal Feliciano and Donna Cribbs for making this day such a successful one! You are all POWERFUL WOMEN! Thank you for shining your light on our students!!”

On behalf of Peterson’s Breaking News, job well done ladies, thank you all for caring for the students and going the extra mile!

Interim Principal Mary Courtney,
Interim VP Deirdre Brown
Interim Principal Courtney,
Mrs. Cribbs –
Physical Education
Interim Principal Courtney, Crystal Feliciano, Finance Teacher
The Honorable Judge Demetrica Todd-Ruiz
Dorita Gray, Event Chairwoman, Cosmetology Teacher Crystal Feliciano, Finance Teacher

TPD Arrests Trenton Man Who Allegedly Committed Three Armed Robberies in 10 Days

Trenton, N.J. – Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced that a Trenton man suspected of committing three armed robberies from March 21, 2021 through March 29, 2021 has been taken into custody and charged with multiple firearm and robbery offenses.

Maurice Davis, 23, of Trenton, was arrested on the morning of March 29, 2021 and charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of strong-arm robbery, three counts of unlawful possession of a handgun, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, one count of unlawful possession of hollow point rounds, and one count of hindering apprehension.

On Sunday, March 21, 2021 at approximately 5:50 p.m., TPD officers responded to a report of a commercial armed robbery on the 1200 block of S. Clinton Avenue. During the investigation, officers discovered that the store was robbed of several hundred dollars by a man wearing a mask and armed with a handgun.

On Monday, March 29, 2021 just before 9:00 a.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of S. Broad Street after a victim there reported being robbed at gunpoint. Officers on scene were given a description of the suspect that was like the one provided from the previous crime. That description was broadcast to all police units in the city.

Later that morning at 9:30 a.m. – while officers were still investigating the 1000 block of S. Broad Street robbery – other officers responded to another robbery taking place at the same S. Clinton Avenue location that was robbed on March 21, 2021. This time officers were told that the same suspect returned and stated, “I’m back, give me the money.” After the robbery, the suspect fled the scene on foot.

Officer Jeffry Donaire and Detective Angel Turner were investigating the robberies when they spotted a man who fit the description provided in all three robberies and attempted to stop him. When they approached the suspect, he drew a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband. The officers were able to de-escalate the situation and the suspect dropped the gun. He was taken into custody without further incident.

“This case speaks to the resilience of TPD officers in pursuing and apprehending individuals that threaten our residents and businesses with violence,” said Director Coley. “Thankfully, no one was harmed during this investigation. My thanks go out to the residents that provided the intelligence and the officers who took this dangerous individual off our streets.”

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

Gusciora Administration Presents Amended Budget with No Tax Increase

Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today that following an extensive budget review with the N.J. Department of Community Affairs (DCA), his administration has developed an amended budget that will not increase taxes for the 2021 fiscal year.

“I hear from community members every day about the difficulties posed by the pandemic, and how the last thing they need is another tax increase,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Our City Council echoed those sentiments. Well, we heard you loud and clear. We spent the last month working closely with DCA to look for more efficiencies in each department budget. Thankfully, with that hard work, along with critical support from Lieutenant Governor Oliver and Director Suarez, we’ve been able to amend the budget so that there is no property tax increase on Trenton residents this year. While we cannot expand many city services at this time, we’re optimistic that substantial federal funding that is already on its way will help mitigate our shortfalls in the future.”

Property taxes have increased in Trenton during 25 of the last 29 years. Instead of an approximate two percent increase as outlined in the initial budget presented earlier this year, this amended version has no tax increase at all.

This amended budget will be presented before City Council at tonight’s meeting and will be available to view online later this week. If adopted by the April 1, 2021 deadline, tax bills will go out on time, which will help the City avoid some of the delays that impacted this year’s budget.

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