Kenneth Hines arrested, charged in connection with murder of Rodney Burke

A Trenton man has been charged in connection with the murder of 48-year-old Rodney Burke.

Kenneth Hines, 34, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree conspiracy, and prosecutors say he conspired with others to commit a robbery, which resulted in Burke’s death. Read more

Foreman and Samad indicted in connection with Chevin Burgess’ murder

Two city men were indicted last week in connection with the murder of Chevin Burgess.

Joeryan Foreman, 20, and Calier Samad, 27, were each indicted on charges of felony murder, robbery, related weapons offenses and aggravated arson. Samad is also charged with first-degree murder. Read more

Grand jury indicts two in April homicide

A Mercer County grand jury has returned a four-count indictment charging two suspected gangsters in the April shooting murder of Jahmir Hall.

Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. said Daniel McCargo and Curtis Grier, both 28, were indicted for murder and weapons offenses. Read more

Shaheed Brown indicted in connection with the murder of Enrico Smalley Jr.

Shaheed Brown was indicted last week in connection with the murder of Enrico Smalley Jr.

Brown, 30, was indicted on charges of murder, related weapons offenses and certain persons not to possess a firearm. Read more

Isiah Greene rejects plea deal, requests trial

Murder suspect Isiah Greene rejected a plea offer and asked for a trial Wednesday before a prosecutor disclosed that a key witness in his case was killed recently.

Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Jim Scott said there was no indication of a link between locked-up Greene and the slain man, whose name was not disclosed in court.

Greene is charged with murder, attempted murder and a slew of drug offenses for allegedly shooting 24-year-old Quaadir “Ace” Gurley as he sat on a porch along Rossell Avenue at 1:30 the morning of July 21, 2013. Read more

Ewing man dead after police-involved shooting on Wilson Street

A Ewing man was shot and killed Thursday during a police-involved shooting on Wilson Street.

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Darnell Stafford, 31, was shot by officers after he fired gunshots through the windshield of their police cruiser. Stafford was then taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to law enforcement, around 7 a.m. Thursday, Officers Robert Albanowski and Marlon Parrot were dispatched to the first block of Wilson Street after police received an emergency 911 call reporting a man with a gun who had just invaded a home. Police say the call was made by an adolescent who escaped from the house. When the officers arrived on-scene, they saw the suspect, later identified as Stafford, who then fired directly at them while they were sitting in their police vehicle. The officers then returned fire.

Three bullet holes could be seen in the windshield directly in front of the driver’s seat of the police cruiser as law enforcement processed the scene Thursday. Acting Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr. said the officers were in “imminent danger” at the time of the shooting. Read more

Death of elderly man who died in the hospital ruled a homicide

The death of an elderly man who died in the hospital last month has been ruled a homicide.

On Oct. 29, Felix Colon, 71, died in the hospital from injuries suffered during a physical altercation that took place at a rehabilitation center in the city.

According to prosecutors, on the day before his death, Colon and a 46-year-old man, whose name has not been released, were admitted to Capital Health Regional Medical Center after having a verbal dispute that turned physical. Read more

Arrest made in Halloween Homicide, alleged killer found hiding under pile of clothes

Authorities announced on Friday evening that police arrested Donte Jones, 23, of Trenton in connection with the murder of Levonza G. Thompson, 36, of Philadelphia.

According to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office, the 23 year-old was discovered hiding under a pile of clothes in the third floor attic of a home in the first block of Laurel Place. Read more

Randy Kareem Washington arrested in connection with two murders and five armed robberies

Police have charged a city man in connection with two murders and five armed robberies.

Randy Kareem Washington, 33, is charged in connection with the murders of 43-year-old George Jamison and 64-year-old Silas Johnson. He is also charged in connection with five armed robberies that occurred in Trenton between July and October.

Make no mistake, whether it takes 24 hours or 24 months, we will utilize the full power of our resources to throw in jail anyone who perpetuates violence against our city and its resilient people,” Mayor Eric Jackson said in a written statement. Read more

Man shot and killed Tuesday morning on South Broad Street

A city man was shot and killed Tuesday morning.

It’s the city’s second reported homicide in less than 24 hours.

Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of South Broad Street around 2 a.m. Tuesday and found the victim, 48-year-old Rodney Burke, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Burke was then taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Prosecutors say the home where he was found is his residence. Police say Burke was found inside his home, but they believe he was shot elsewhere. Read more