Juvenile charged with the death of Ewing Deli owner


Ewing township , N.J. (PBN) A Trenton teenager has been arrested and charged for the June 6, 2022, shooting death of Oscar Palacios, of Trenton, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported Wednesday .
The 17-year-old Trenton male is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, and firearms offenses. He is being held in the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department. At approximately 6:10 a.m. on Monday, June 6, Ewing police responded to Priori’s Deli, 301 Hillcrest Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to the hospital where 54-year-old Oscar Palacios was pronounced deceased. The second victim, a 57- year-old Trenton man, was hospitalized and later released. The two men are brothers and employees of the deli.
At approximately 6:00 am that morning, the victims opened the deli and shortly thereafter the juvenile entered the deli, wearing a dark mask covering his face, and ordered food. The juvenile pointed a handgun at the victims and demanded money. The juvenile fired the gun, grazing the 57-year-old victim’s forehead. A physical struggle ensued between the victim and the juvenile, during which the juvenile shot the victim in the abdomen. The juvenile then fired again, striking Oscar Palacios in the chest. The juvenile then fled the area on a bicycle.

The juvenile was identified through surveillance video from the surrounding area from the time of the shooting. On the surveillance video, he could be seen riding a multi-colored mountain bike and wearing a black jacket and white sneakers with the word “AIR” in large letters on the side.
The juvenile was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant on June 21, 2022. At the time of that arrest, Detectives noticed that he was wearing the same sneakers observed in the surveillance video from June 6. They also observed what appeared to be dried blood on the juvenile’s sneakers. On July 29, 2022, Homicide Task Force Detectives received the results of laboratory analysis conducted by the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences that identified the blood on the juvenile’s shoes to be a DNA match to the 57-year-old victim who was shot inside the deli.

Ewing Police Investigating Fatal Crash On Lower Ferry Road


EWING TWP, N.J. (PBN)  Ewing Police and the Mercer County prosecutor’s office crash investigation team are investigating a crash that left at least one person dead early Wednesday morning at the intersection of Lower Ferry Road and Stuyvesant Ave after crashing through a fence at the school for the Deaf.

Officials received the call as a car fire, but later, when police arrived, they found a vehicle off the roadway into the trees, fully engulfed in flames. Once the Ewing Fire department extinguished the fire, they located one person from the vehicle and pronounced the person dead.

Ewing Crash Leaves Woman Injured


EWING TWP, N.J. (PBN)  A car crash sent one female to the hospital Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at the intersection of Webber Ave and Hazel Ave. The force of the crash caused one vehicle to go up onto the sidewalk near a building. The Ewing fire department had to assist with getting one female from her car. She was later transported to the Capital health trauma center by Ewing EMS and Capital health paramedics. Another driver did not suffer any injuries.

Heat Advisory Issued For Central Jersey


US, National Weather Service: In Philadelphia – PA, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Central Jersey Until 6:00 Pm this evening. Heat index values up to 96.
Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Suspect In Custody After Stolen Car Crash in Ewing Twp


EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. (PBN) Ewing Police have one male in custody after crashing a stolen Dodge Challenger Wednesday just after 3:30 Pm. The suspect crashed into an 18 Wheeler on Kelsey Ave in Trenton and then crashed into a wall of the NY restaurant equipment on Parkway Ave and then fled from the vehicle. Police officers located the suspect on Dover Ave, where he was taken into custody.

UPDATE: Ewing Police involved crash


EWING PD: On January 20, 2022, at approximately 8:09 pm, Officer Rick Sookhu was sent to the area of Pennington Road and Lanning Street for a disabled vehicle in the roadway. Upon nearing the intersection of Main Boulevard, Officer Sookhu struck an unoccupied vehicle from behind. Investigation revealed that the vehicle had become disabled and was left partially on Route 31 in the Southbound curb lane. The vehicle was obscured by brush and overgrowth in the area and did not have any lights illuminated. Officer Sookhu was able to notify other officers of the crash and his location. Officer Sookhu was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Officer Sookhu was later released. It is not believed that anyone was near the disabled vehicle when it was stuck, and there were no other injuries. A police K9 was used to search the area for anyone who may have been injured in the crash and not immediately located by responding officers. The investigation also revealed that Sookhu was traveling under the posted speed limit when he struck the vehicle.

Police presence heightened at Ewing High school dismissal


Ewing, NJ (Mercer) As students were dismissed at Ewing High school on Wednesday, police presence was heavy due to the increased threat of school violence across New Jersey on social media platforms. Ewing Police says Ewing Police received a call of an unspecified threat of violence toward Ewing High School via text message. Officers responded to the school and determined the threat not to be credible. Classes were dismissed without incident at the normal time under a heavy police presence. Investigation continues into the matter at this time, however, they are not aware of any ongoing threat.

Ewing Police coat drive supplies 52 students with coats


Ewing Township, NJ (Mercer) The Ewing Police Department’s Community Relations Unit organized their annual coat drive Thursday at Forman Mills. The Community Relations Unit received donates from Forman Mills store manager Monica kitchen, The Ewing PBA Civil associates, Ewing Police Officers Ewing staff members. Also received donations from Scott Harvey Owner of Subaru and Det. T. Veal (Trenton Police) This year they suppled 52 Ewing students with coats.

All personal involved with this Year’s coat drive tested negative for Covid-19 prior to this coat drive.

Shoutout to the Ewing Police Community Relations unit detective SGT R. Herbe, Detective. I. Bruno and Detective. D. Bethea.

Firefighters battle second alarm blaze in Ewing Township


Ewing, NJ (Mercer) Ewing Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze in the 400 block of Silvia street. The fire broke out just after 1:15 Am Wednesday; firefighters reported heavy fire coming from the second and third floor that extended to the roof. The fire was placed under control just before 3:00 Am. No injuries were reported; the fire is under investigation.

21 year old killed in Ewing Township shooting


EWING, NJ (Mercer) Ewing Police and the Mercer County prosecutor’s office are investigating a shooting in Ewing township on Clover Ave and Douglas Monday evening. Ewing Emergency medical services and Capital Heath paramedics responded to a male shot in the chest. The male was transported to Capital health trauma center in critical condition. Ewing Police have not released any information due to an ongoing investigation

UPDATE: The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide that occurred in the township Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, Ewing police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue for a person shot. Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

The victim has been identified as Mark Hudson, Jr., 21, of Ewing. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Eyster with the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.