Longtime Dedicated 911 Dispatcher to Mercer County Dies At Home

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MERCER COUNTY, N.J. (PBN)  Many first responders took to Facebook to express the loss and sadness after learning of the passing of Heather Varrassee 42 of Hopewell a long time Mercer County Central 911 supervisor.

Heather Varrassee passed away at her home on Sunday December 4th . Heather has been a member of emergency services in Hopewell Valley for over 25 years.

Varrassee served as EMS Chief at Hopewell Emergency Medical Unit. Assistant Captain at Pennington First Aid Squad. Heather has been an EMT with the fire district since 2006 according to the Pennington first aid squad.

Varrassee worked for Mercer County Central and former LifeComm as a 9-1-1 Public Safety Communications Supervisor touched all emergency services organizations in Mercer County.

Former Ewing EMT Brad King

It was always comforting to have her steady demeanor in the middle of tragedy and chaos. May peace and comfort surround her family and all who loved her 💔💔

Our condolences go out to the family of Heather Varrassee 

Notorious Championship Bar Set To Close This Month

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TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) The notorious Championship bar announced on its Facebook page on December 2nd that the bar is set to close on December 11th after 72 wonderful years said in a posted photo. The bar is known for its heavy metal venue and large crowds, unfortunately, it all has not been wonderful around the bar for the year 2021, in August the bar was riddled with bullets after a memorial was held in honor of a former bartender, and on December 11 a man was gunned down just outside the bar, December 18th a shootout broke out in front of the bar on Chambers Street. It is speculated Some of the incidents may have had nothing to do with the bar but Championship bar were hit with fines due to the incidents which may have caused the bar to close down along with trying to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many expressed how they felt in the comments on the Facebook post some are listed below. 

Kelly Kerlin

Damn , I live in Florida now but I always thought I’d get a chance to come back n hang with the fam and the regulars. So many memories…. This breaks my heart to hear. Well at least the memories, stories, pictures n videos will live on.

Robbie Rende

 had so much fun with my old band We Take The Night on our summer 2017 tour when we played here!! Sad to see you guys go. I hope a new bar that has live music opens in this spot to keep the legacy alive!!

Wade Wilson

End of an Era

Elizabeth Dempsey

So sorry to hear of the closing, I had some great times there

Scotty Steege

Played this place in two different bands. This is quite sad

Meli Mel

So sad I’ve been here many times to see local bands play.

A Statement from Algernon Ward, North Ward Run Off Candidate

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TRENTON , N.J. (PBN) Algernon Ward stated I’d like to take a moment to address an issue that has been brought to my attention that I take very seriously and would like to clear it up.

When the results from the Nov. 8th election were released, one of my friends mentioned me in one of his Facebook posts on his personal page. Initially he was calling for the other candidates who were not successful in making the runoff to unify with me and support my candidacy, something I agreed with, so I “liked” his comments. However, he later posted something that did not represent my personal feelings, and I accidentally liked it too without reading the post in its entirety. It was an honest mistake and in fact, I “unliked” it when I saw the error, and made a clear statement about how I was against such comments and wrote a post of my own stating my lifelong stance against discrimination of all kinds, but that was not enough.

Those who were looking for a reason to be against my candidacy, seized upon the words of someone else, narrated it as if I said them, and began a rumor to label me as homophobic. After an entire life of fighting for human rights, to dismiss my entire record of honorable deeds over an inadvertent facebook “like” is not only unfair, it is wrong.

When I think about all of the significant contributions that I have made to the city and areas in which I can help to do more, the following comes to mind:

A muralist named “Yaz” is painting a picture on a wall across from my house of four young men, all of whom were murdered.

I was a mentor for three of them. Below is a picture of happier times in my kitchen. I poured all of my heart into keeping them from the fate these streets held for them, but I failed. Now, I will see their faces each time I walk out my door to remind me what this is really all about. What can I do to make the lives of the people better? How can I save more lives? I also spent most of the day arranging a Children’s Christmas party for the deserving kids in Kingsbury Square as I’ve done for the past 5 years.

I humbly ask those who may have taken offense to what you “thought” I meant or what was misrepresented as me saying, to judge me based upon my own actions and my own words rather than those falsely presented by others. I am a man who will stand up and speak up for truth, a man that will work to represent our city and everyone in it, because together, we all make Trenton great. Please vote Algernon Ward for North Ward Councilman on December 13th and let’s work together and each do our part to help our city succeed!

Parts of Trenton lost Power This Morning In The City’s North-West area

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TRENTON , N.J. (PBN) Parts of Central,North, West Trenton experienced a power outage this morning. The power outage sent Trenton Firefighters scrambling to each area as power was being restored causing alarms to go off . The cause of the outage is unknown, Trenton communications was contacted but refused to transfer to a fire chief.

Pickup Truck Crashes Into Parked Car Leaving Multiple Injures

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TRENTON, N.J. (PBN)  A crash left at least eight people injured Tuesday night on North Olden Ave and Breunig Ave. A pickup truck crashed into the back of a Ford Fusion that was parked. A fight broke out between parties involved in the crash, Trenton emergency medical services transported one person with a trauma alert to Capital Health trauma center as well as the rest of the injured parties.

Trenton Police Department Hold Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

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The Trenton Police Department held their annual Thanksgiving food drive at 225 N. Clinton Ave.

Every year, for the last twelve years, Trenton Police has organized a Thanksgiving food drive. Each year, the number of meals donated to feed food Trenton families has increased. Twelve years ago, Trenton Police donated 50 meals to families and this holiday season Trenton Police is donating 230 meals to food Trenton families.

Det. Tamika Veal, Det. Tomika Sommer, Det. Angel Turner, and Det. Glendy Peña, as members of the Trenton Police Community Affairs Unit, planned the food drive, collected donations from other officers, and managed the food drive operations.

Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson said, “I’m proud of our police force for making this year’s food drive such as a success. We’re thankful to the many local businesses and other organizations for supporting our shared vision.”

Cash and in-kind gifts for the food drive come from businesses, law enforcement organizations, and non-profits/higher education institutions. The TPD Thanksgiving food drive is supported by the following business entities, all located in the Capital City:

  • Campare Foods Supermarket (847 Roebling Ave)
  • Fernandez Supermarket (634 Whittaker Ave)
  • The Hibbert Group (400 Pennington Ave)
  • Central Jersey Paint Company (121 S. Olden Ave)

The following law enforcement organizations made significant contributions: Superior Officer Association (Lt. Jason Woodhead), Police Benevolent Association (Ofc. Mike Schiaretti), Director Wilson, and Trenton Police Department officers.

Support also came from the non-profit, ONEProjectNJ, students at The College of New Jersey who filled grocery bags, and the City of Trenton Department of Recreation, Natural Resources & Culture.

The objective of the TPD Thanksgiving food drive is to identify Trentonians facing food disparities and to provide them with a full meal. Through collaboration with the Trenton Board of Education, city senior centers, and city day cares, families in need are identified and fed.

Mayor Gusciora said, “TPD’s Thanksgiving food drive is part-and-parcel of the Department’s strategy to improve officer-community relations. This is an example of TPD actively searching for ways to support their families that they are sworn to protect.”

Man shot and Killed Inside Car in West Trenton

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TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide in Trenton.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2022, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the 800 block of Carteret Avenue.  Responding officers arrived on scene to discover a white Mercedes SUV that had been struck numerous times by gunfire.  An adult male was located in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim’s identity will be released after family notification has been made.

Police say no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

The victim has been identified as Nay’sean Byrd, 19, of Trenton.

Trenton Man Charged with Killing Girlfriend leaving her in basement

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TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) A Trenton man recently arrested for purposefully disturbing, moving and/or concealing human remains was charged this week with the murder of Corrine Daniels, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
Alton Eubanks, 48, of Trenton, was arrested on October 12, 2002, in Middleburg, NY, by members of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. On November 7, 2022, he was charged with first-degree murder. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Eubanks pending trial.
The charge is the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department. On September 21, 2022, Trenton Communications received a call for a well-being check at a residence on Park Avenue. Responding officers forced entry and located the body of a deceased individual in the basement. On September 22, an autopsy was conducted by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office. The victim was identified as Corrine Daniels, 41, of Park Avenue in Trenton.
Investigation into Daniels’ death revealed that she and Eubanks lived together at the Park Avenue address as boyfriend and girlfriend. After Daniels’ death, Eubanks placed her body in a black trash bag and moved her to the basement where she was located by officers.
An autopsy conducted by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded Daniels’ death was a homicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries.

Driver Fleeing From Trenton Police Crashes into D&R Canal

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TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) Trenton Police were pursuing a stolen vehicle from North Hermitage Ave Tuesday night just before 11:00 Pm when the car entered the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail the pursuit was terminated but the car lost control and crashed into the canal. Trenton Firefighters from the Marine unit searched the car and did not locate anyone inside the vehicle. Police officers also did not locate anyone in the area