Authorities Investigating House Fire in Hopewell Township, NJ

Hopewell Township authorities are investigating a fire at an unoccupied house.

Hopewell NJ police received a report of a structure fire at a house on Elm Ridge Road. Hopewell police officers and Pennington firefighters then responded to the scene.

When police and firefighters got to the house, they found flames in the kitchen and the living room. The firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the flames.

Several firefighting units assisted with the effort to put out the fire. The other units included crews from Pennington Fire Company, Hopewell Fire Department, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Union Fire Company, and Lawrence Road Fire Company.

The Pennington First Aid Squad also went to the scene to assist in the event of any injuries. Thankfully, there were no reports of injuries to any of the firefighters. However, police did reveal that the house sustained significant damage due to the fire.

Authorities from several departments are actively investigating the incident to determine whether arson was involved in the fire. Among the investigating agencies are the Hopewell Township Police Department, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, the Mercer County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

For additional information, check out the article entitled “Authorities Investigating Unoccupied House Fire in Hopewell Township.”

Hopewell Township NJ Police Investigate Report of White Powdery Substance at Mercer County Correction Center Mailroom

A white powdery substance was discovered at the Mercer County Correction Center in Lambertville NJ, setting off an emergency response from Hopewell Township police.

Sometime shortly after noon, a corrections officer at the facility opened a letter in the mailroom. According to authorities, the letter contained a white powdery substance.

As a result of the officer’s discovery, the facility’s mailroom was quickly shut down.

Additionally, the officer’s exposure to a possibly toxic substance sparked an immediate response from local police and emergency responders.

Among those responding to the scene were members of the Hopewell Township Police Department, the Lambertville Fire Department, the Union Fire Department, and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services.

The Trenton Hazardous Materials Response Unit also responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. Members of the unit quickly determined that the substance was heroin.

Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the incident. The Mercer County Correction Center resumed normal operations within an hour of the substance being reported.

Authorities have not revealed if there are any suspects in the case.

For additional information, see the article entitled “‘White Powdery Substance’ That Briefly Shut Down Mercer County Jail’s Mail Room was Heroin.”

Pennington NJ Man Accused of Stabbing Female Relative in Hopewell Township

Police in Hopewell Township NJ arrested a man suspected of stabbing a woman several times.

The 35-year-old Pennington man is accused of stabbing a 44-year-old female relative during a violent encounter at the apartment he shares with his mother.

Hopewell Township police received a call about a stabbing in a third floor hallway at the Hopewell Gardens apartment complex on Denow Road. When officers got to the scene, they saw the woman outside the complex. According to authorities, the victim’s boyfriend helped her get outside while the suspect remained inside the apartment.

The victim was immediately transported to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries. She remains in the facility. Thankfully, she is now in stable condition.

Although the identity of the victim has not been released to the media, police did confirm that she is related to the suspect.

While the victim was rushed to the hospital, police officers from Hopewell, Pennington, and Ewing moved quickly to secure the area. When the suspect barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to leave, police officers dug in for the long haul while neighboring residents were evacuated to other areas of the complex.

The New Jersey State Police Technical Response Bureau and the New Jersey State Police Crisis Negotiations Team also assisted local police in the matter. When none of the strategic teams were able to convince the suspect to peacefully surrender, police forced their way into the home and took the suspect into custody.

The stand-off with police lasted approximately four hours.

The suspect has since been charged with attempted murder and a number of weapons offenses, including possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to a Trenton hospital for a psychological evaluation. Sometime later, he was transported to Mercer County Jail in Hopewell Township. He is currently being held at the jail on $250,000 bail.

To learn more about this incident, read the article entitled “Pennington Man Arrested After 4-Hour Police Standoff is Charged with Attempted Murder.”

Man Allegedly Threatens Trenton NJ Churchgoers, Arrested for Marijuana Possession

A man accused of threatening to harm people at a Trenton NJ church was placed under arrest and charged with several drug crimes.

Trenton police received a report of a man threatening individuals inside St. Hedwig’s Church, a local church located on the 800 block of Brunswick Drive.

According to witnesses, the 29-year-old suspect was asked to leave the church after he began shouting at a number of churchgoers. After being asked to exit, the man reportedly became belligerent. He also refused to leave.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they saw a man who matched the description provided by the caller.

Officers reportedly escorted the man out of the church. While officers were leading the man outside, a bag allegedly fell out of his pocket. Police later said that the bag contained 12 smaller, zip-lock baggies filled with marijuana.

As a result, the suspect was charged with several drug crimes, including marijuana distribution, marijuana possession, and marijuana manufacturing.

Despite allegedly threatening to hurt people at the church, the suspect has not been charged with aggravated assault.

After being placed under arrest, the suspect was taken to Mercer County Jail in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. He is being held at the facility in lieu of $35,000 bail.

For additional information about this case, see the article entitled “Trenton Man Escorted Out of Church After Threatening People is Arrested on Drugs Charges.”

Ewing NJ Woman Faces Charges for DWI, Assault by Auto in Hopewell Township NJ

A woman was allegedly drunk when she crashed into a parked police vehicle in Hopewell Township, NJ.

According to police, the 39-year-old Ewing NJ woman was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra on Scotch Road late at night. She was reportedly traveling north on the road when she lost control of her car.

Sometime earlier, a Hopewell Township police sergeant parked his marked patrol vehicle in a grassy area several feet away from the shoulder on Scotch Road, just south of Route 546. The vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, was parked in that location so that the sergeant could conduct a stationary traffic enforcement detail on Scotch Road.

Police said that the suspect’s vehicle drifted off the road and slammed into the rear of the police patrol vehicle.

Both the police officer and the suspect sustained minor injuries in the crash. The sergeant suffered injuries to his arm. Both of them were later transported, in separate vehicles, to Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell for medical treatment.

The suspect has been charged with a number of traffic violations, including reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and failure to wear a seatbelt.

However, the most serious charges that the suspect faces are DWI and assault by auto.

If the suspect is convicted of assault by auto, she could be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(c), a person may be charged with assault by auto if they engage in reckless conduct while operating a motor vehicle and cause an auto accident which results in bodily injury to another person.

When the accident is caused by a driver who is intoxicated, the offense is typically classified as a third degree felony. This means that the suspect in this case could be sentenced to 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison if she is ultimately convicted of the most serious charges.

After being charged and processed at Hopewell Township police headquarters, the suspect was released on her own recognizance.

For additional information, check out the article entitled “Driver Who Rear-Ended Parked Hopewell Township Police SUV Faces DWI, Reckless Driving Charges.”