Former Hamilton High School Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1998 and 2000


MERCER COUNTY , N.J. (PBN) A former teacher at Steinert High School in Hamilton has been arrested and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri announced Wednesday .
Joseph DePuglio, 76, of Ewing, was arrested on Monday, March 27, 2023, following an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and the Ewing Police Department. He was released pending future court proceedings.
The victim, now an adult, reported the allegations to Ewing police at the end of 2022 and an investigation ensued. DePuglio is accused of having a sexual relationship with the victim while having supervisory or disciplinary power over her. The offenses occurred at DePuglio’s Ewing Township residence between the years of 1998 and 2000, when he was actively employed as the victim’s teacher at Steinert High School.

19 Year Old Dead,One Hospitalized In Federal St Shooting


TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department announced they are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Friday night. At approximately 10:40 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023, Trenton Police received several calls reporting shots fired at 602 Federal Street. Responding officers located two adult male gunshot victims near the GT Bar and Lounge. The victims were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where Harold Rosario, 19, of Trenton, was pronounced dead a short time later. The second victim, a 28-year-old man, remains hospitalized.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Joseph D’Ambrosio at 609-989-6406 or Sgt. Sherika Salmon at 609-960-3119.

Pedestrian Killed On Route 29 In Trenton


TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) Officials are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident on Route 29 The accident happened between Cass Street and South Warren street the accident happened in the northbound lanes . Police responded just after 10:00 Pm Sunday.

UPDATE: Pedestrian has been identified as an 85-year-old Trenton man. Dowell Houston was hit near the intersection of Route 29 and South Warren Street at about 9:30 p.m., Detective Lt. Bolognini said Tuesday.

The driver called police from Pennsylvania and said he might have hit someone, Bolognini said The driver a 21-year-old woman from Bensalem, Pennsylvania — was issued motor vehicle summonses, but had not been criminally charged as of Tuesday, Detective Lt. Bolognini said.

Woman Fleeing From Police Crashes with Child In Car


TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) A crash occurred in the 500 block of North Clinton Ave just after 11:30 Pm. Bystanders near the regal bar reported that a vehicle fleeing from police struck multiple vehicles and had a 5 year old child inside the vehicle. Trenton police arrested the female driver. Trenton Ems responded to the scene and transported the child to Capital Health Hospital for evaluation.

UPDATE: Tempestt Isom, 36, of Trenton, on North Clinton and Hart avenues around 11:30 p.m., on numerous prior motor vehicle violations, according to Trenton police Lt. Nate Bolognini.

Isom struck an officer in the leg as she drove off and led police on a brief two block pursuit. The officer was not injured. Isom lost control of her Buick sedan in the area of the Regal Bar and hit a parked vehicle. She tried to run from the scene but was arrested. The woman was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, alluding, endangering the welfare of a child and several motor vehicle violations.

Northeast Corridor Suspended Between Trenton & Jersey Ave After Pedestrian Struck


UPDATE: Trains have resumed normal services

TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) New Jersey Transit has announced the Northeast Corridor rail service is suspended in both directions between Trenton and Jersey Avenue due to an Amtrak pedestrian strike near Princeton Junction. Customers should seek alternate transportation.

No additional information is available at this time.

Trenton Fire Fighter Injured battling Multi Alarm Fire On Spring St


TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) Trenton firefighters responded to the 300 block of Spring Street, firefighters reported heavy coming from the rear of the house and fire extending into the house attached just before noontime Saturday. Firefighters are still battling the fire at this time, one firefighter called a mayday and suffered non life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital.

The Battalion chief placed the fire under control just after 2:40 Pm.

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One Injured After Police Involved Crash On Greenwood Ave


TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) A driver suffered non life threatening injuries after a collision with a responding unmarked Police vehicle at the intersection of Greenwood Ave and South Clinton Ave. The crash happened just after 9:30 Am Wednesday, Trenton emergency medical services transported the driver of the vehicle to Capital Health medical center. Bystanders “started that the police struck the vehicle hard causing it to fishtail”.

Two Trenton Men Arrested for Murder at the CURE Insurance Arena


TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri announced Tuesday afternoon that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department has resulted in the arrest of two brothers for the murder of Khalil Glanton last week at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton.
Kareem Finney, 25, and Kahli Finney, 20, both of Trenton, are each charged with first- degree murder and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The brothers were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse. The prosecutor’s office will file motions to detain both defendants pending trial.

The fatal stabbing occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2023, at the CURE Insurance Arena on Hamilton Avenue where Trenton police officers were working at a basketball tournament at the arena. Officers requested assistance after a large fight occurred on the main concourse between sections 111 and 112 moments after the game ended. As officers were attempting to break up the fight, they observed the victim lying on the ground unresponsive with multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. Glanton, 23, of Trenton, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

As part of the investigation, multiple videos were reviewed and several witnesses were interviewed. As a result, Kareem Finney was identified as holding Glanton while his younger brother, Kahli, repeatedly stabbed him. The investigation also revealed that the Finney brothers had an ongoing dispute with the victim over a female.
The charges are a result of an investigation by the MCHTF and TPD, specifically lead task force Detective Andrew DiStefano.

Trenton Public School Superintendent Releases Statement Surrounding Tragic Events


TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) James Earle Superintendent of Trenton Public School District released a statement on Friday following numerous traumatic and tragic events around Trenton Public Schools.

“After the Mercer County Tournament championship game at CURE Area last night (Feb. 16), there was an altercation involving several unidentified individuals. District officials have been informed that a young man, a 2019 graduate of Trenton Central High School, lost his life as a result of injuries sustained during the altercation. At this time, we are not aware of any current students who may have been directly involved but have contacted those who may be connected to ensure they are not on campus today (Feb. 17).

Unfortunately, the altercation was recorded and posted on social media. Students and staff members may have already witnessed in person or viewed the incident online. Administrators have activated the district crisis team for staff members and students who may need support during the school day. Additional law enforcement will be present inside TCHS and patrolling the school campus as a precaution.

The past two weeks have been traumatic for our TPS family. Students and staff have experienced tragic events happening inside schools, within our community, and watched them unfold across the country.

As a district, our work continues to be critical to changing the circumstances of our young people. Students need access to better options for resolving conflict. We will continue to work closely with the Trenton Police Department to ensure the safety of our staff and students. If you have any concerns regarding a student or staff member who may need support, please reach out to our school administrators.

I hope you all have a safe and restful three-day weekend and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.