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Operation 24/7 Results in Arrest of 31 Online Child Predators

July 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Wednesday the arrests of 31 individuals, including three from Burlington County, who are charged with sexually exploiting children online. The 31 men were arrested in “Operation 24/7,” a collaborative operation launched to address the continued spike in reports of potential threats to children from online ...

Father Charged with Murder of Baby, Grandparents Killed in Hamilton House Fire

HAMILTON, NJ — Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced the Monday morning arrest of Michael Sanders, 23, Trenton, accused of murdering his nine-month-old baby girl, Malani Sanders, as well as her grandparents in a Hamilton house fire he is accused of igniting.

According to the prosecutor's office, detectives working on the investigation retrieved video ...

Twenty-Three New Parole Officers Sworn In to Provide Safe Community Supervision

TRENTON, NJ — The team of law enforcement officers providing offender reentry safely into the community got a bit stronger with 23 new parole officer recruits who were recently sworn in to serve by the State Parole Board. The recruits were part of a larger class of newly minted investigators from law enforcement agencies throughout the state that attended ...

Area Man Sentenced for Trying to Set Police Car on Fire During Trenton Riot

TRENTON, NJ – A Burlington County man was sentenced on Monday to 28 months in prison for attempting to interfere with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder when he attempted to set fire to a police vehicle during a May 2020 protest in Trenton. 

Killian F. Melecio, 20, of Columbus previously pleaded guilty by video conference in January before U.S. District ...

Prosecutor's Office Honored for Work to Fight Online Child Predators

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ — The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office (BCPO) is being recognized for its work to protect children against internet predators.

The BCPO's High-Tech Crimes Unit was honored earlier this week with the 2021 Keith Young New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Award. 

The award is for investigative excellence and recognizes ...

Governor to Close State's Women's Prison Amid Investigation of Use of Excessive Force

CLINTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners on January 11. The decision comes following the release of an investigative report prepared by former state comptroller Matt Boxer and law firm ...

BurlCo Prosecutor's Office Nets 9 Pedophiles in Operation Safe Quarantine III

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ — Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced on Wednesday that nine more people have been charged as part of an operation targeting online predatory behavior and the possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material.

The arrests were conducted as part of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office's (BCPO) Operation Safe Quarantine, ...


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Extra $272M in Special Food Assistance Benefits for School Children Coming

July 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ –  Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced this week that the Department has begun delivering extra food assistance benefits to school children who would have received free or reduced-price in-school meals if not for virtual learning due to COVID-19.

The first round of benefits in extra food assistance began being delivered on Tuesday to ...

So. Jersey Doctor Elected as First Black President of NJ's American College of Emergency Physicians

BORDENTOWN, NJ – The New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (NJ-ACEP) has elected Jenice Baker, M.D., FACEP, to serve as the chapter’s president for the 2021-2022 term.

Dr. Baker is the first Black president of the chapter, which was chartered in 1972.

“At my very first NJ-ACEP meeting, I immediately felt my experiences and the issues that ...

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

How to Prevent Wasps

NJ is home to a variety of stinging insects including bees, hornets, and wasps. Stinging insects not only cause pain to their victims but are responsible for sending over 500,000 people to the emergency room every year. Stings from these insects can be life-threatening to people who are allergic or to anyone who is subjected to multiple stings all at once.

During the second ...

Fireworks Can Be Ruff for Pets: How to Keep Them Safe This 4th

July 1, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ — While July 4th fireworks lighting up the sky is fun for many families, they can be particularly scary for the furry family members. In fact, the upcoming holiday is the one on which animals are most likely to go missing, according to lost pet finder PetAmberAlert which reports that there is a 30 to 60 percent increase in lost pets at animal shelters ...

Putting Heart into Your Celebrations

When it comes to birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, most people celebrate with a meal and presents. But I’m wondering, how often do you tell the celebrant how much they mean to you?

For most of us the answer is—never!

Yet the value of expressing your heart can be more precious than a new computer or diamond earrings. Words from the heart enter the heart. They ...

The Blue Suit and the Story of January 6th

July 6, 2021

Six months ago today I wore this blue suit as I cleaned the Capitol after the insurrection, now I just donated it to the Smithsonian. January 6th must never be forgotten. While some try to erase history, I will fight to tell the story so it never happens again.

Let me share with you my story.

When the Smithsonian asked me to donate the blue suit, I thought about how the suit itself is ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

July 24, 2021

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.


Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...

Tile, Wood, or Laminate — What’s Your Flooring Match?

If your wood floors are discolored and scratched, your tile chipped, or your laminate worn, you may need an upgrade! But what’s the best flooring option? That all depends on the purpose of the area to be refinished, your budget, and your style.

The following sections will outline some of the key differences between wood, tile, and laminate.

Since there are pros and cons to each type ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.


If you’re ...

Easy Recipes To Make With Home Garden Ingredients

Many foodies will attest there’s nothing more delicious than homegrown vegetables and fruits straight from your garden. Enjoying your bountiful backyard harvest will boost your vitamin and mineral intake and help you maintain a well-balanced, nutritious diet – which is especially important for gut health as you age. If you’re looking for new ways to serve your fresh produce, try ...