City sued over 2012 murder of corrections officer

Businessman Eddie Baldassarri is being sued, along with the city, for the shooting murder at his nightclub of a Mercer County jail guard celebrating the reelection of President Obama in 2012.

The Chambersburg entrepreneur is targeted in a suit filed by attorney Robin Lord, who argued in legal papers just filed that Baldassarri and Trenton’s police force should have protected slain Carl Batie and other partiers that night.

The lawyer said Baldassarri hired a squad of off-duty city cops as security for the event. But none of them noticed anyone with a gun in the school parking lot across Morris Avenue when more than 20 bullets were sprayed from there into the crowded porch of the Baldassari Regency Ballroom at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. Read more

Man shot and killed Wednesday near Route 1 overpass

A Burlington man was shot and killed Wednesday morning near Market Street and the Route 1 overpass.

Around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, police scanners reported that one person had been shot and was in “traumatic arrest.” Read more

Mourners visit makeshift memorial for Iyeesha Kia Thomas

A woman who did not wish to be identified sits at a memorial for Iyeesha Kia Thomas Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 on Brunswick Avenue in Trenton. The woman said the memorial will remain through Sunday. (JACKIE SCHEAR—THE TRENTONIAN)

A woman who did not wish to be identified sits at a memorial for Iyeesha Kia Thomas Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 on Brunswick Avenue in Trenton. The woman said the memorial will remain through Sunday. (JACKIE SCHEARTHE TRENTONIAN)

Racha Barlow said she’s known Iyeesha Kia Thomas ever since junior high school, and the two of them spent time together the night before Thomas was killed.

Barlow said they were with several other people sitting on a stoop near the intersection of Middle Rose Street and Brunswick Avenue, where they talked, laughed and joked for several hours. Barlow said she left the stoop around 9 p.m. Saturday. But before they parted ways, Thomas pulled out Barlow’s business card.

Barlow is a poet, and for several years she has written poems that have been read at funerals for the city’s homicide victims. Barlow said she was surprised when Thomas showed her the card because she doesn’t remember giving her one.

That card - and that moment - was the first thing Barlow thought about when she learned of Thomas’ death. Read more

Trentonian Editorial: Don’t be too happy about murder lull in Trenton, learn from it

Eleven weeks without a murder is not something to celebrate. Sure, making it through August and September without a homicide in Trenton is an accomplishment, but before we celebrate, let’s admit that one murder in this city is too many.

But now looking at two murders in as many weeks, we as a city begin to grieve again. We begin to deal with loss again.

Rather than celebrate the lull, we need to learn from it and figure out what went right for those two quiet months.

Some deep introspection is called for as a city and especially as components that make up the city of Trenton. Read more

Suspects in three separate murders reject plea deals, headed for trial

Suspects in three separate city murders, including the slaying of a retired cop’s son, were set up for trial Monday after they rejected plea deals with prosecutors. Read more

Woman found dead in Blaine Alley identified as Iyeesha Kia Thomas

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Police have identified the woman found dead in Blaine Alley as 40-year-old Iyeesha Kia Thomas.

According to law enforcement, around 9:45 a.m. Sunday, police found Thomas dead in Blaine Alley, which is located in the 800 block of Calhoun Street. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Prosecutors say Thomas was found face down in a grassy area wearing a tan sweater, blue jeans, tan and orange boots and a black and pink Chicago Bulls knit hat. Read more

Police investigating a homicide on Blaine Alley in Trenton

Police are investigating a homicide in the city’s North Ward.

According to Trenton Police Lt. Mark Kieffer, the woman’s body was found in Blaine Alley Sunday morning around 9:45 a.m. Blaine Alley is just off of the 800 block of Calhoun Street. According to First Assistant Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, the woman’s body was found in an area behind 841 Calhoun Street. Onofri said the woman had been shot once in the head. She was declared dead at the scene by Trenton Emergency Services. Read more

William Marshall admits role in 2012 slaying, will get 30-year sentence

William Marshall choked back tears Friday as he admitted to shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend; in return for his admission he will receive a prison sentence of 30 years.

Ruschell Fireall, 42, was shot multiple times on Nov. 16, 2012. Ex-con Marshall, who has served time for assault and burglary offenses, admitted that he used his car to run Fireall’s off the road so that he could shoot her dead along Pennington Avenue. Fireall’s mother witnessed the murder. Read more

Murder suspect who thought he was being chased by martians indicted

An accused murderer, who thought he was being chased by aliens, was hit with a 14-count indictment for robbing and killing one man and attempting to kill another.

Jack Isabell’s charges include three counts of first degree murder, felony murder and attempted murder on top of all the robbery, weapons and drugs charges he got during after the authorities’ investigation into his alleged crimes. He also has a murder charge that makes the 41-year-old eligible for a mandatory sentence of life without parole. That specific charge was created when the death penalty was abolished in 2007, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office.

Since his arrest in April, he has undergone a court-ordered mental health evaluation. Read more

Man found shot behind wheel of minivan in Trenton

Two and a half months of relative calm was shattered early Sunday morning after a shooting left one man dead.

According to Casey DeBlasio, spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, police were called to the area of Mulberry Street and Nottingham Way on report of a person shot around 1:19 a.m.

When police arrived they found the victim, 22-year-old Rodney Sutphin of Trenton, dead behind the wheel of a still running minivan, DeBlasio said. Read more