August 31, 2013 |
As violence has risen to new heights in Trenton this year, with a record 32d homicide Thursday, the city has drawn comparisons to Camden. But Gov. Christie's suggestion to look to Camden for a solution - replacing the capital's police force with a county force, as Camden did - again met with resistance Thursday. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D., Trenton) wrote to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, asking that a State Police surge - slated to end in a week or so - remain in place in the city.
August 17, 2013 |
TRENTON - As officials prepared Thursday to announce a law enforcement surge to combat a spurt in violent crime in New Jersey's capital, the urgency of the move was shockingly underscored by gunfire that left two city police officers wounded, one critically, and the attacker dead. The officers were shot as they followed up on a domestic-violence call on Hobart Avenue in the East Ward. Eric McNeil, 24, a recently freed convict, surprised the officers when he emerged from his former girlfriend's house just before 9 a.m. and fired, Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. said.
August 6, 2013 |
A Philadelphia woman was critically injured late Saturday when she was struck by a car driven by a shooting victim in Trenton. Carmen Wright, 23, of the city's Frankford section, and a 22-year-old Trenton woman were crossing East State Street about 11:14 p.m. when they were hit by a blue Chevrolet Blazer, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. The SUV was driven by Hassan Allen, 22, of Trenton, whom police found in the vehicle, which had overturned. Allen had a gunshot wound to the neck and was pronounced dead at Capital Health Systems Helene Fuld Campus in Trenton, the release said.
July 4, 2013 |
Louise DeLago, 90, a science teacher for 25 years in the Council Rock district before retiring, died Sunday, June 30, of vascular dementia at the Evergreens, a retirement community in Moorestown. Mrs. DeLago was born in Atlantic City in 1922 and grew up in South Philadelphia. She earned a degree in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1944. While on a visit to Trenton in 1946, she met Joseph DeLago. The two married in 1948. After working in a lab at Episcopal Hospital, she took a break for a number of years before becoming a teacher, according to her son, Joseph DeLago Jr. The family lived in Levittown before moving to Haddonfield about 15 years ago. Besides her son, she is survived by her husband; daughters Donna Marie Rowe and Candida DeLago Schwartz; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
June 18, 2013 |
A 4-year-old Trenton girl whose father was killed in a head-on collision early Sunday has died, State Police said Monday.Jasmine Deleon-Osorio and her 6-year-old brother were taken to Helene Fuld Medical Center after the crash on Route 29 in Hamilton Township. Jasmine was then transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with life-threatening injuries. Her brother remains at Helene Fuld. State police said 27-year-old Manuel Gutierrez-Vazquez, of Camden, crossed his blue Dodge Durango over into the northbound lanes and struck Jorge Deleon, the children's father, who was driving his silver Nissan Quest.
June 11, 2013
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has named John Hoffman as acting state attorney general. The appointment was announced yesterday during a news conference in Trenton. Hoffman takes over for Jeffrey Chiesa, who Christie named to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Frank Lautenberg died last week. Hoffman, a 47-year-old Marlton resident, was named by Chiesa in August to serve as executive assistant attorney general. Before joining the office, Hoffman served for about two years as director of the Division of Investigations in the state Comptroller's Office.
June 8, 2013 |
TRENTON - The mayor's corruption trial has been pushed back again. Tony Mack is now scheduled to go to trial in January on six counts related to what prosecutors say was a scheme to accept $119,000 in bribes in exchange for using his influence over the development of a parking garage on city-owned land. Attorneys in the case attended a status conference in federal court Thursday. Mack pleaded not guilty in December. A trial was scheduled for February but then was pushed back to the summer.
May 22, 2013 |
Jermaine Jackson, the Trenton man accused of masterminding a plot that left Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro dead, was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in Bucks County Court. Jackson, 21, was not accused of shooting DeGennaro, who died from a shotgun blast to the chest in December 2011, but of developing a plan to rob him that turned fatal when two gunmen opened fire after entering the musician's home. By law, participants in felony crimes involving murder can be convicted of criminal homicide.
May 18, 2013 |
An accused getaway driver in the slaying of Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro testified Thursday in Bucks County Court that defendant Jermaine Jackson was the mastermind of a plot that left DeGennaro dead. Danasia Bakr, 19, of Falls Township, has been cooperating with authorities and was considered a key witness. Jackson, 20, of Trenton, is being tried for murder, with prosecutors saying he organized a group to go to DeGennaro's home in December 2011 to rob him. When the robbery turned bad, prosecutors say, one of Jackson's coconspirators fired a shotgun into DeGennaro's chest.
May 17, 2013
Pedal power goes wild in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a design competition and parade of wild and woolly, human-powered sculptural/mechanical marvels. Kicking off at noon Saturday at Trenton and Norris streets, this KKSD will be easier to enjoy as Philly In Focus (a Comcast/NBC Universal media platform) offers video close-ups of floats on a 25-foot-tall LED screen.