Man arrested in Virginia for murder of Harvey Sharp

Harvey Sharp

Harvey Sharp

A man was arrested in Virginia Thursday afternoon and charged in connection with the murder of 29-year-old Harvey Sharp.

Horace Gordon was arrested around 3:10 p.m. Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Regional Fugitive Task Force in Richmond, Va. The USMS issued a press release Thursday stating that they arrested a man in connection with a murder that occurred in Trenton. A spokesperson for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the victim of that murder was Sharp, one of two men who died on June 24. Read more

Police arrest suspect in Trenton stabbing death

By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman

Edward Kevin Nock (contributed photo)

Edward Kevin Nock (contributed photo)

Police solved one of the city’s recent murder cases Thursday as county and federal officers tracked down and arrested the suspected killer who had stabbed Edward Kevin Nock to death earlier this week at Donnelly Homes, authorities announced.

Isaac J. Grey, 31, of Beakes Street, Trenton, was arrested in Philadelphia by Mercer County homicide investigators with the assistance of U.S. Marshals, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Grey has been charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Grey fled to the City of Brotherly Love after allegedly stabbing Nock about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday in Trenton. Police found Nock, 43, lying on the floor of a Donnelly Homes apartment in the first block of Beakes Street suffering from an apparent stab wound to the abdomen. Nock was rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Read more

Trenton man arrested for murder of Edwin Saddler

Akee Harris

Akee Harris

A city man was arrested Tuesday night in connection with the stabbing death of 22-year-old Edwin Saddler.

Akee Harris, 26, of Ellsworth Avenue, is charged with murder and weapons offenses in connection with Saddler’s death.

Saddler was one of two people who died on June 24. He was found in the first block of Ellsworth Avenue suffering from multiple stab wounds, and died several hours later at the hospital.

Prosecutors say Harris was treated at a hospital in Hopewell for a laceration on his hand around the same time that Saddler was being treated at a hospital in Trenton. The investigation revealed that Harris and Saddler were involved in a physical altercation, and that Harris stabbed Saddler numerous times. Read more

Man stabbed to death inside apartment on Beakes Street

Police are investigating a murder that occurred inside a Donnelly Homes apartment on Beakes Street. July 1, 2015 (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

Police are investigating a murder that occurred inside a Donnelly Homes apartment on Beakes Street. July 1, 2015 (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

The capital city has now experienced six homicides in five weeks.

Edward Kevin Nock, 43, was stabbed in the abdomen around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, and police found him lying on the floor of his Donnelly Homes apartment after receiving an emergency 911 call reporting the incident. Nock underwent emergency surgery, but he died as a result of his injuries a couple of hours after the stabbing.

One of Nock’s cousins, who asked to remain anonymous, said Nock was helping a man get on his feet by allowing him to live in his apartment. That man, the cousin said, is the person rumored to have stabbed Nock. The cousin said Nock and the man had an argument, which resulted in the stabbing. The suspect is now on the run, according to Nock’s cousin. Police, meanwhile, have not released the suspect’s name or description.

“He was a very caring person and never did anything to hurt anyone,” the cousin said about Nock. “He was helping out by letting the guy stay with him.” Read more

Trenton man indicted in connection with Halloween homicide

Donte Jones

Donte Jones

A city man accused in connection with a Halloween homicide has been indicted by a grand jury.

Donte Jones, 24, is charged with first-degree murder and related weapons offenses in connection with the shooting death of 36-year-old Levonza Thompson.

Around 11 p.m. on October 31, police found Thompson lying on the ground in the 200 block of Coolidge Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police recovered 10 shell casings and a live round from the crime scene, and Thompson later died at the hospital. Read more

Judge raises security questions at status hearing for beating death in Trenton

A status hearing Monday for one of two men accused in the brutal beating death of a Guatemalan immigrant took an unexpected turn when the judge stepped off the bench and summoned one of his sheriff’s officers to a sidebar.

Michael Holman

Michael Holman

When Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier returned to the bench, he said he was concerned about the security of his court room being “compromised,” an apparent reference to a man who had entered, left and re-entered the courtroom during a court appearance for 19-year-old Michael Holman.

The man’s relation to Holman was unclear, but Holman waived to him as he was being led away following the hearing.

The man appeared confused by the judge’s remarks as he had already been wanded down before entering the courtroom, a member of the judge’s security team said.

Holman is charged along with Dante Martin, also 19, for the Feb. 14, 2014 beating death of Julio Cesar Cruz, which caused uproar in the city’s Latino community.Read more

Teenager murdered in Trenton Friday night

By Trentonian reporters Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman and Penny Ray

The Serenity Garden at the corner of Prospect Street and Bellevue Avenue in Trenton stands in full vitality June 27, 2015, hours after a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed at that intersection. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)

The Serenity Garden at the corner of Prospect Street and Bellevue Avenue in Trenton stands in full vitality June 27, 2015, hours after a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed at that intersection. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)

Serenity Garden at the corner of Prospect Street and Bellevue Avenue was recently established to represent a place of beauty, peace and healing.

But on Friday night, that blissful intersection became a crime scene as an armed perpetrator shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who was remembered on Saturday as “a good kid.”

Jah’Vae Miney of South Logan Avenue, Trenton, was shot in the chest about 11 p.m. and taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by a citizen. The teenager was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, according to police, who have neither arrested a suspect nor announced a description of the shooter as of Saturday afternoon.

“It is a shame that youth is getting caught up in the midst of the madness,” said Jason Rogers of Fathers and Men United for a Better Trenton as he stood Saturday morning on the landscape of Serenity Garden.

For Jah’Vae to be gunned down in that area just a few hours earlier, “It had to be mistaken identity,” Rogers sad. “He was just on the bus stop.”

Jah’Vae’s death marks the third homicide this week in Trenton. Read more

Two men murdered overnight in Trenton

Police guarded this home in the first block of Cummings Avenue were a man was shot and killed. June 24, 2015 (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

Police guard this home in the first block of Cummings Avenue were a man was shot and killed. June 24, 2015 (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

It seems as if violence in the city never takes a vacation — not even during the summer months.

Two men were murdered in Trenton this week bringing this year’s homicide count to double digits.

“We can’t continue to have vicious cycles,” City Council President Zachary Chester said. “We have to find solutions and make life better for everyone. We need everyone to come together to solve these problems.” Read more

Two Trenton men will face trial for shooting death of corrections officer

Two city men charged in the fatal shooting death of an off-duty Mercer County corrections officer are being tried in the fall, a judge said Friday.

Maurice Skillman

Maurice Skillman

Maurice Skillman and Hykeem Tucker, both 28, are expected to be tried together starting Nov. 30, for the slaying of Carl Batie, a 27-year-old corrections officer who was gunned down Nov. 11, 2011 while he was attending a party celebrating the reelection of President Barack Obama at the Baldassari Regency banquet hall in Chambersburg.

Batie, who was not the intended target of the gang-related shooting, was struck in the head and killed instantly, prosecutors said.

Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier ruled Tucker will not be tried separately from his codefendant. Tucker’s attorney tried fruitlessly to have the men severed, arguing Skillman would exonerate his client if he were allowed to take the stand and testify in a separate trial.Read more

Prosecutors: Infidelity led Trenton woman to murder her boyfriend

One of Paris France Way’s friends said his friend liked women, “probably to a fault.” Way’s way with women appears to have led to his death.

His girlfriend, Charlotte Carman, 38, of Trenton, apparently lashed out at him in the early-morning hours of May 31, stabbing him four times near the intersection of Sherman and St. Joes when she discovered he had been out with another woman, officials said.

She then slashed the tires of his Hyundai Sonata, returned to where he was laying in the street, stabbed him once more and spat on him, First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Meidt said. Prosecutors revealed at a bail hearing Friday this all happened as Way’s mistress watched in horror.

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