Nia Long makes special visit to TCHS students

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TRENTON: Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora was honored to take part in TCHS legend Doc Long’s memorial service. Doc’s daughter Nia Long made a special visit afterwards to Trenton central high school to hear student poems and musical performances inspired by their mentor and teacher. It was especially heartwarming to learn Nia will create an endowment scholarship for worthy students.

$8,000 in Drugs Seized by the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force

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Juan Marrero, 34

HAMILTON TWP: The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a month-long investigation on Tuesday with the seizure of more than $8,000 in drugs, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
Onofri stated that, on Monday evening, February 18, 2020, detectives with the MCNTF executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Genesee Street utilized by the target of the investigation, Juan Marrero. After numerous attempts to gain entry to the residence made difficult by a fortified entrance, detectives secured the house. Mercer County Prosecutor’s Sergeant Joe Angarone utilized his K9 partner Bela to conduct a narcotics search. During the search, detectives located 40 grams of cocaine, 21 bags of heroin, 20 oxycodone pills, six milligrams of promethazine, a .45 caliber handgun, a cocaine press and $950 in cash.
Onofri stated that the total amount of cocaine seized has an approximate street value of $4,100. The heroin, oxycodone and promethazine have approximate street values of $4,000, $600 and $120, respectively.
Marrero, 34, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree narcotics offenses, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon, and unlawful fortification of a structure while manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance. He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.
Officers with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Hamilton Police Division, under the command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, assisted with the investigation.
Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Man dies after shooting inside Building in West Ward

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TRENTON: A man has died after being shot in the chest in the Delaware View Terrace apartment building on West state street. The shooting occurred just before 6:20 P.m Sunday evening . Trenton Emergency medical services and capital health paramedics rushed the man to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Trenton police task force surrounded the building looking for a possible suspect from the shooting.

Man killed on Sunday evening shooting has been identified as 39-year-old Maurice London. London was Involded in a fight inside of the hallway with multiple people where he was shot at.

3 charged with attempted murder after shooting at Police in Trenton

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New Jersey State Police have identified the four people arrested Wednesday after three were involved in a shootout and chase with officers in Trenton.

The fourth person charged tried to hide guns from investigators, the agency said in a statement. Trenton men Dion Battle, 28, Shaiquan A. Hearns, 20, and Yahonatan Salter, 28, are all facing six charges for the Wednesday incident where they fired at a Hamilton police officer who is part of a New Jersey State Police task force.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday when a Hamilton Township Police Officer assigned to the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit Task Force observed a shooting in progress in the area of West State Street and Parkside Avenue, according to police.

Investigators say the officer, who was operating an unmarked task force vehicle, followed the suspect vehicle to the area of the Oakland Park Apartments on Coolidge Avenue when he was fired upon from inside the vehicle.

The task force car was struck, but the officer was not injured, police said.  Police say several weapons were recovered at the scene. 

Strain of canine influenza threat suspended all canine and feline adoptions. Humane PD & Animal shelter closed to public

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TRENTON: CIty officials posted to the city of Trenton Facebook page. Due to a strain of canine influenza, (H3N2/H3N8), the City of Trenton Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Services (THLE/AS) Shelter is currently CLOSED to the public. Animal control services will continue to operate, responding to emergency cases only, such as a bite cases , or a police raid, or a fire. Otherwise, all canine and feline adoptions are suspended. We cannot respond to needs related to any new strays or lost or abandoned animals requiring shelter. All in-shelter volunteer activities are canceled. In short, we cannot allow any animals to leave the Shelter, nor can we allow any new animals to enter the Shelter until the influenza outbreak has subsided. Due to the contagion period of this suspected virus, we anticipate re-opening on February 28, 2020. Should conditions change, we may be required to extend that date, pursuant to medical orders.

THLE/AS has been working diligently with our veterinary partners to monitor the situation closely. We are happy to report that no dogs recently entering the Shelter have exhibited any signs of illness. No animal has died or is in any grave danger at this time. Nevertheless, as a precaution, the Shelter will not be accepting any owner releases, and strays will be taken in through our rescue and shelter partners in the area.

H3N2/H3N8 is a highly contagious infection that can make your pet very sick. However, most cases respond well with time and supportive care. If your dog shows any of the following symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately and mention the potential presence of canine influenza:

– Significant appetite loss and/or lethargy +/- a rectal temperature above 102.6
– Severe nasal discharge
– Severe, heavy coughing

Thank you for your patience during this time and especially for your support. We will continue to keep the public updated.

4 arrested after shots fired at Police officer in West Ward of Trenton

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TRENTON: New Jersey State Police say four people have been arrested after shots were fired at an officer inside a task force vehicle in Trenton, New Jersey. The incident happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday when a Hamilton Township Police Officer assigned to the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit Task Force observed a shooting in progress in the area of West State Street and Parkside Avenue, according to police.

Investigators say the officer, who was operating an unmarked task force vehicle, followed the suspect vehicle to the area of the Oakland Park Apartments on Coolidge Avenue when he was fired upon from inside the vehicle.

The task force car was struck, but the officer was not injured, police said. Police say several weapons were recovered at the scene.

NJ State trooper shot at, car crash, standoff, in West Trenton

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DEVELOPING: Just before 2Pm Wednesday afternoon a Nj state trooper was conducting a traffic stop when the driver allegedly shot at the trooper. Trenton fire department was dispatched to Parkside Ave and West state street on a motor vehicle crash rollover.

State troopers and multiple other officers continued traveling down Parkside Ave. To Mellon street and Oakland where they had one of the suspects surrounded and placed him into custody after a standoff. The state trooper involved in the shooting was not hurt.

A New Jersey state trooper that works on the Task force unit was shot at during a car chase Wednesday afternoon Around 2 P.M. The chase began on West State street and Parkside Ave where there was a vehicle that was also involved in a motor vehicle accident. The Chase ending on Oakland Street and Mellon Street, where the suspect was inside of a apartment for a brief time before being taken into custody. No one was wounded in the shooting.

Trenton Police investigating shooting on Walnut Ave

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TRENTON: Trenton police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Walnut Ave and possibly a second shooting that occurred near Trenton Central High school.

The shooting occurred around 11:30 Am Trenton emergency medical services transported the victim to Capital health trauma center in serious condition. Around 1:00Pm Trenton Crime scene was still on the scene of Hampton and Walnut Ave processing the crime scene.

The shooting is being investigated by the Mercer County shooting response team. Anyone with information is urged to call Trenton police.

“America… We Served!” Four Centuries of African American Soldiers

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TRENTON: Celebrate Black History Month with The Old Barracks Museum! Come hear about the brave African American soldiers that helped shape our nation’s history! Learn about the integral role they played in our military, from the early days of our nation’s infancy all the way up to World War II! Meet the dedicated reenactors and living historians who will be exhibiting throughout the day, sharing their knowledge and passion about African American military history. Represented regiments will include The Harlem Hellfighters of WWI, the 6th Regiment USCT of the Civil War, the 369th Regiment portrayed Ebony Doughboys, and others. You will not want to miss this unique and educational experience, great for the entire family!

Included in regular cost of admission. $5 admission for residents of Trenton.

Call (609) 396-1776 for more details.

Sponsored by Trenton Historical Society & Mercer County

Events throughout the day

Saturday, February 29:
11am – “Stories of the 54th”, Sergeant Major Louis Carter Jr. 54th Mass. Vol. Reg., Co. B
Reenactor MSG Lou Carter shares the true stories of the famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment that was featured in the movie “Glory”.

1:15pm – “They Were Good Soldiers”, Mr. John Rees
Historian John U. Rees discusses the contributions of African American Soldiers in the Continental Army from his book “They Were Good Soldiers”.

2:15pm – “The 5th Platoon”, Sgt. Arthur Collins Sr.
US Marine Corps Veteran and Reenactor Sgt. Art Collins recalls the exploits of the Black GI’s who served during World War II.

3pm – Four Centuries of African American Soldiers Firing Line
Four Centuries of African American Soldiers fire a salute to the fallen heroes who faithfully served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Sunday, March 1:
11am – “Ebony Doughboys in The Great War”, Kelly Washington, Ebony Doughboys
Reenactor Kelly Washington shares the stories of African American soldiers in World War I.

1:15pm “Black Jacks” – Leon B. Brooks Sr., 1st Rhode Island Regiment
US Navy Veteran and Reenactor Leon B. Brooks tells the saga of America’s Black Sailors.

2:15pm “Trenton’s Harlem Hellfighter”, Algernon Ward Jr., Ebony Doughboys
Reenactor Algernon Ward Jr. tells the story of one of the first Americans decorated for Valor in World War I, Trenton’s own hero, Neadom Roberts.

3:15pm – Four Centuries of African American Soldiers Firing Line
Four Centuries of African American Soldiers fire a salute to the fallen heroes who faithfully served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Ewing Police looking for Foot Locker thieves

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EWING TWP NJ: On December 17th of 2019 the three pictured unidentified females entered the Foot Locker Store located at 1532 Olden Avenue. While the two females at the counter distracted the Foot Locker employees, the third female removed various clothing items from a clothing rack and subsequently fled the business. The two females at the counter left shortly after without making any purchases. The value of the stolen clothing was estimated to be approximately $1000.00. Ewing police also responded back as to why they were late with posting it “This case is a month and a half old. Sometimes there is a great delay in getting video from corporate security. Most chain businesses do not house video on site. Believe it or not, some corporations require subpoenas for us to obtain their video, even when they are the victim.”

Anyone able to assist with the identification of any or all of the females is asked to please contact Ewing Police Detective, David Morris at (609) 882-1313 ext.5561 or by email at dmorris@ewingnj.org. You can also call our confidential tip-line at (609) 882-7530 or email policetipline@ewingnj.org. Thank you.