Trenton’s latest homicide victim was pregnant

The victim who died in the Thursday afternoon wild West Ward drive-by shooting was pregnant.

Manei Glover (submitted photo)

Manei Glover (submitted photo)

Manei Glover, 22, was pronounced dead at Capital Health Regional Medical Center shortly after the grisly 1:40 p.m. shooting on the 100 block of North Hermitage Avenue.  An autopsy performed on Friday confirmed Glover was pregnant at the time of her death, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

In addition to killing Glover, the shooting incident also wounded two men ages 48 and 74, authorities said. The preliminary police investigation revealed four individuals were sitting inside a minivan with a fifth individual standing near the driver’s side door when another vehicle pulled alongside the minivan and began firing multiple gunshots, according to the prosecutor’s office. Read more

Three people shot, one female dead in drive-by shooting in Trenton

A woman was killed and two men were injured in a drive-by shooting in Trenton. May 25, 2017 (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

A woman was killed and two men were injured in a drive-by shooting in Trenton. May 25, 2017 (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

The crime scene was so fresh, detectives had not yet placed evidence placards throughout the area. But the number of bullet holes in the driver’s side of a Nissan minivan provided enough proof that tragedy had once again struck the capital city. Read more

Alleged killer Tyleeb Reese fails to appear in court, lawyer cites health issues

Tyleeb Reese

Tyleeb Reese

Tyleeb Reese commanded international attention during a 35-hour deadly standoff with police earlier this month but has been unwilling to make one court appearance since his surrender.

Reese, 35, of Trenton, failed to appear at his arraignment on May 16 and on Monday failed to appear at his detention hearing.

Public defender Nicole Carlo represented Reese in his absence on Monday, saying she has spoken with Reese and his family and that “he is waiving his right to appear” and that she has concerns about Reese’s mental health and physical health.

Reese has been charged with murder on allegations he shot and killed a civilian, 56-year-old Robert Powell Jr., during the early hours of the standoff on May 10. The standoff ended about 5 p.m. May 11 with Reese surrendering peacefully.Read more

Court hearing for alleged gunman in 35-hour deadly standoff gets postponed

A scheduled detention hearing for the alleged triggerman who wounded three sheriff’s officers and killed a civilian during a 35-hour standoff last week has been postponed.

Tyleeb Reese, 35, of Trenton, is now scheduled to appear in court 1:30 p.m. May 23 before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw.

Originally scheduled for Thursday, Reese’s upcoming detention hearing next Tuesday will settle the legal issue of whether he will be placed on pretrial detention or released from the county jail on certain conditions. If Warshaw orders Reese to be detained, he will be incarcerated at the Mercer County Correction Center for up to two years while his murder case plays out in court.

Tyleeb Reese

Tyleeb Reese

Reese has been charged with the murder of 56-year-old Robert Powell Jr. and the attempted murder of five law enforcement officials. He surrendered to police last Thursday to bring a peaceful resolution to what had been a violent confrontation. Read more

Newark boy faces adult charges in 2016 Chambersburg murder case

The Newark boy accused of stabbing 27-year-old Carlos Leiva-Oviedo to death last year is now incarcerated on pretrial detention and facing murder charges as an adult.

Danny Saad, who recently turned 16, has been charged with murder, armed robbery, murder during commission of a crime, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the Chambersburg stabbing death of Leiva-Oviedo.

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

During the early morning hours of June 14, 2016, Trenton Police responded to the intersection of Hudson and Genesee streets and found Leiva-Oviedo sprawled out on the street near his car, which was parked on Hudson. He suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died four hours later. Read more

Alleged barricaded gunman fails to appear on murder charges

Tyleeb Reese

Tyleeb Reese

Tyleeb Reese, the alleged gunman who barricaded himself inside a Centre Street home for 35 hours last week during a deadly standoff with police, originally became wanted for arrest due to his prior failure to appear in court.

Reese, 35, of Trenton, again failed to appear in court Tuesday for his arraignment on murder and attempted murder charges.

A sex offender already in hot water for failing to register, Reese on Tuesday afternoon opted to stay behind bars rather than appear in court to face heavy charges in connection with last week’s fatal gunfight that left one civilian dead and three sheriff’s officers wounded.

As an inmate at the Mercer County Correction Center, Reese could have easily attended his first appearance hearing but nevertheless declined to come in the jail’s video conference room.

With the video conferencing system activated and Reese nowhere to be seen, “He is not here, your honor,” public defender Thomas Belsky told the judge about his client. “Mr. Reese declined to come in the video conference room.”

Reese, who has been charged with the murder of 56-year-old Robert Powell Jr. and the attempted murder of five law enforcement officials, surrendered to police last Thursday to bring a peaceful resolution to what had been a violent confrontation.

Since Jan. 1, new defendants normally get arraigned within 48 hours of arrest. But Reese’s Central Judicial Processing or CJP hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday — five days after his arrest — due to him requiring medical evaluation after he complained of chest pains.

The public defender provided no explanation for why Reese declined to appear at his CJP hearing. If he attended, the judge likely would have asked Reese if he understood the charges against him and if he spoke with his attorney about his legal rights.

With Reese being a no-show, Belsky urged the judge to proceed with scheduling a detention hearing. The state has filed a motion seeking to place Reese on pretrial detention. If that motion is granted, Reese would continue to be held at the county jail without bail for up to two years while his case plays out in court.

A U.S. Marshals regional task force came after Reese about 6:20 a.m. last Wednesday to serve an arrest warrant due to Reese’s prior failure to appear in court for running afoul of Megan’s Law. Officers made entry into Reese’s home, and then a gunfight and 35-hour standoff ensued, authorities say. Reese’s mother helped persuade him to stand down and surrender.

Reese’s detention hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse.

Fatal Trenton standoff ends with surrender

Tyleeb Reese surrenders to police after a 35-hour standoff in Trenton. (submitted photo)

Tyleeb Reese surrenders to police after a 35-hour standoff in Trenton. (submitted photo)

The standoff that lasted close to 35 hours in Trenton has ended peacefully.

Trenton standoff suspect Tyleeb Reese surrendered to police just after 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Reese, the suspected triggerman, engaged U.S. Marshals in a gunfight that left a civilian dead and three officers wounded. Reese then retreated to his family’s home on the 300 block of Centre Street and barricaded himself inside as police attempted to negotiate a peaceful resolution the past two days.

“Go Tyleeb!” people shouted when a shirtless Reese exited his home about 5 p.m. Thursday with his hands on his head.

Earlier in the day, with 35-year-old Tyleeb Reese still holed up inside the house and a large police presence surrounding the neighborhood, one resident urged police to hurry up and end the standoff, saying, “They are taking too long.”

The standoff began about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when members of a U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force served a sexual assault warrant at Reese’s home on the 300 block of Centre Street. Police say officers entered the home and were engaged in gunfire by the suspect. Read more

Standoff in Trenton leaves bystander dead, 3 officers injured

A city man with a history of sexual assault snapped when he saw police at his doorstep, leading to a standoff that left an innocent bystander dead. Read more

Alleged gunman in fatal Chambersburg robbery gets post-indictment hearing

The alleged gunman who shot and killed Emilio Lopez during a 2012 robbery in Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood is gearing up for a post-indictment arraignment.

Emmanuel Cruz, 29, of Hamilton, is scheduled to appear in court 9 a.m. next Monday before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta. A grand jury indicted him last month on six counts, including murder, robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose on allegations he fatally gunned down Lopez on the night of Nov. 16, 2012, near the intersection of Kent and Division streets. Read more

Two teens indicted in the 2016 killing of Ricardo Montalvan

Two teens have been indicted in the murder of Ricardo Montalvan Jr., the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said on Friday.

Ricardo Montalvan Jr.

Ricardo Montalvan Jr.

Prosecutors said that Divon Ray, 17, and Zakeem Brown, 18, were each indicted on one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree felony murder, one count of first-degree robbery, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

In 2016, the pair were waived up to adult court from juvenile, the Prosecutor’s office said.
Montalvan was shot in a parking lot in the 200 block of Whittakter Avenue on May 11, 2016 around 9:50 p.m.
The 23-year-old victim was found inside of a silver Toyota Camry with at least one gunshot wound.

Montalvan was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m.
Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Ward presented the case to the grand jury.