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Hamilton Man Detained, Charged in Connection with Additional Sexual Assaults

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Superior Court, Judge Robert W. Bingham II ordered a Hamilton resident Eridson M. Rodriguez detained on Wednesday in connection with multiple sexual charges. Rodriguez, 26, was recently arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and two counts of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact. 

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Greenstein Proposal to Examine Safety, Rights of Inmates Now Law

TRENTON, NJ  – A newly formed commission will take a close look at potential incidents of sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment by staff against inmates in state correctional facilities under a new law sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex)

"While we have enacted multiple pieces of legislation to address issues of sexual assault and misconduct ...

Notorious RBG Got Her Start in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 to 1972, a period when it was at the forefront of the social justice ...

Drugs, Guns, Ammo Recovered in Hamilton House Raid

HAMILTON, NJ -- The New Jersey State Police announced the arrest of a Hamilton man at his home where they alledly found illegal ammunition and drugs. The arrests made on Thursday came after a six-month investigation by State Troopers into two men -- Colin Blake, 26, Hamilton, along with an associate, Tyshiek Shaw, 30, Trenton -- both suspected of selling narcotics in the area of ...

Mercer County Prosecutor Charges 26-Year-Old Hamilton Man with Multiple Sexual Assaults

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri's office announced charges on Friday against a Hamilton man in connection with sexually assaulting women multiple times. 

Eridson M. Rodriguez, 26, was arrested  and charged with sexually assaulting women at two separate gatherings at his Liberty Street residence last year. Rodriguez is accused of having ...

Thousands of Child Pornography Possessed by Hamilton Man Says Mercer County Prosecutor's Office

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said on Thursday that a Hamilton Township man has been arrested and charged with possessing and distributing thousands of files of child pornography. 

During an investigation, Arnulfo Santana Jr., 21, was allegedly found to be in possession of thousands of image and video files of child pornography, some of ...

Robbinsville Sues JCP&L Over Poor Power Restoration, Lax Communication

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried has filed suit against Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) which provides electric and gas to roughly half of the Township's 14,000 residents. This is the second time that Fried has filed suit against the energy giant - the first time after Hurricane Irene and now after Tropical Storm ...

'Operation Screen Capture' Nabs 21 Across including Hamilton Man in Child Porn Sweep

TRENTON, NJ - Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Wednesday the arrests of 21 individuals who are charged with sexually exploiting children online.  The 19 men, one woman, and one juvenile male were arrested in “Operation Screen Capture,” a collaborative operation launched in response to a dramatic increase in reported potential threats to children from ...

58 Arrested, $250K Stolen Across Mercer County in Santander Bank ATM Fraud

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced  Wednesday the arrests of 58 individuals who were charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception in an organized scheme that used prepaid debit cards to steal from ATMs across the County. These individuals are believed to have targeted Santander Bank branches throughout Mercer County and others across New ...

Jessica Plumeri Named Chief of Detectives by Mercer County Prosecutor

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced Thursday that six members of his investigative staff have been promoted, including the second female chief of detectives in Mercer County history -- Jessica Plumeri

Sworn in as chief of county detectives on July 31, Plumeri takes the helm following the retirement of Tracey McKeown, who was the prosecutor’s ...

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Mercer County Accepting Applications for Energy Assistance Program

October 1, 2020

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County is now accepting applications from residents who need help paying for their energy bills. Beginning on October 1, the County began enrolling residents in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as well as the Universal Service Fund (USF) for residents who pay their own heating expenses and need help paying their winter heating bills.

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello Sworn in as New President of COANJ

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello was recently sworn in as president of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) in a ceremony at the Statehouse Annex in Trenton.  She was elected to the position by her fellow county clerks from all 21 New Jersey counties. 

“I’m so thrilled and honored to be able to lead this bi-partisan ...

Mercer County Government Offices Reopening

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County government offices began to reopen to the public on Monday, after more than six months of being closed during the ongoing COVID-10 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

The various departments within the County government that will be open to the public, by appointment only include: home energy assistance; veterans services, planning, and others.  The ...

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

I Won’t ‘Stand By’ and Let Hate Win

September 30, 2020

“Stand by.” It’s those two words that best sum up my early, consistent, and ever growing support of Vice President Joe Biden in his bid to serve as our Nation’s leader.

You see, when given the opportunity, on a national stage, to unequivocally repudiate White Supremacy, and call on his supporters to maintain peace in the days following the close of voting, including ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

Paterson Will Pilot Guaranteed Income

“I'm now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In June 2020, a coalition of mayors founded Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) to advocate for direct, recurring cash payments to everyday ...

NJ Human Services Providing an Additional $42.4 Million More in Food Assistance

September 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ  –  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in October to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An additional estimated $42.4 million will be provided to about 243,000 New Jersey households for October.

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Trenton Renewables Recycles Food Waste to Create Renewable Energy

With new regulations mandating the recycling of food waste taking effect in 2021, Trenton Renewables, New Jersey’s only food waste recycling and Class I Renewable Energy Facility, today hosted a plant tour and briefing to engage the community about this new legislation and showcase New Jersey’s continued leadership in fostering a thriving, green economy.

Effective in 2021, NJ ...

Local Take on the First Presidential Debate

October 1, 2020

I am hearing and seeing a lot of people making the "both sides were a mess during the debate" argument. This is a false equivalency, plain and simple. There is no arguing that both candidates interrupted each other and called each other names, but there is a huge difference between calling someone a "clown" when they are being ridiculous and calling someone "dumb" ...

New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...