Taariq Miller gets 22-year sentence in connection with 2007 murder of Naquan Archie

A gangster whose .45 misfired during a robbery-murder was sentenced to the same 22 year prison sentence Tuesday as the accomplice who emptied his gun into the victim that day in 2007.

Taariq Miller, 23, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for his failed role in the killing of Naquan Archie, 18, who was hit with bullets fired by accomplice Willie Yeager on March 26 more than seven years ago. Read more

Incarcerated Trenton man charged in connection with 2005 murder of Omar Murphy

A city man who is serving an 18-year sentence in Northern State Prison in Newark was charged last week in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Omar Murphy. Read more

Interfaith leaders visit sites of 2014 murders in observance of National Day of Prayer

Believers from across Mercer County gathered on the front steps of Shiloh Baptist Church Thursday evening for National Day of Prayer, and afterward, a group of interfaith leaders visited each of the 11 2014 murder sites.

“We’re using this National Day of Prayer as a time to pray for each of those 11 families,” Shiloh Pastor Darrell Armstrong said. “I absolutely believe that prayer changes things. And we are in a spiritual fight for the minds, spirits and bodies of the children of our city.”
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Trenton police hope to curb violent crime with new street crime unit

Earlier this week, Trenton police implemented a new “specialized street crime unit” aimed at replacing the department’s Tactical Anti-Crime unit that was disbanded in December 2012.

“The big difference between this new unit and the previous TAC unit is that TAC had no general order laying out its function, duties, responsibilities and tactics,” Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr. said Tuesday evening. “This new unit has a mission with clearly defined tactics and techniques.”

The new yet-to-be-named unit consists of two squads, with eight officers assigned to each squad. And one officer on each squad has a K-9 partner. These 16 officers, Rivera said, were already assigned to TPD’s Patrol Division. “This is a unit within the patrol,” Rivera said.
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Man found dead on sidewalk across the street from Franklin Elementary School

Update: This man has been identified as 79-year-old Roman Vila, and his death has been ruled the result of natural causes. Police say he suffered a cardiac arrest.

A man was found dead Thursday morning lying on the sidewalk outside a residence on William Street, and police are calling the death “suspicious.”

According to Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn, around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of William Street where they found a man lying on the sidewalk. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s too early in the investigation to speculate, Varn said, “but right now it’s a suspicious death.”
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Daytime shooting in front of bakery sets new murder record

TRENTON — The city has hit a new all-time low: a new all-time high in murders.

The city’s 32nd murder took place in front of the Italian People’s Bakery on the first block of Butler Street Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses described the victim running from two men down Butler Street when they heard five shots. Employees of the bakery found the victim unresponsive.

The previous record was 31 murders that was set in 2005. Stick with the Trentonian for further updates.

City man found beaten to death in his home

Police are investigating its 28th homicide this year after finding a man beaten to death in his home early Friday morning.

Police were sent to the 200 block of Rosemont Avenue around 12:52 a.m. on reports of a sick or injured person that may be dead. Herbert Cummings, 47, of Trenton, was found unresponsive by his roommate and called police. He was pronounced dead at 1:12 a.m. from blunt force trauma, Lt. Steven Varn said. Police are determining if Cummings’ death was the result of a home invasion or a domestic incident.

A neighbor said Cummings had been living in Trenton for a year after coming to the United States from Africa.

He pretty much stayed to himself,” Minister Phillip Ravenell said. “He’d always give you a pleasant hello.”

Regardless of the circumstances, nothing justifies taking a life,” he said. “It’s something you can’t recover from, it creates a void you that can’t fill.”

Det. Jason Snyder from the TPD and Det. Matthew Norton from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are on the case.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide can call the Trenton Police confidential tipline at (609) 989-3663 or the Crime Stoppers tipline at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip regarding the homicide can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

Police investigating homicide on Rosemont Avenue

Trenton police are on the scene of a homicide investigation on the 200 block of Rosemont Avenue.

Trentonian reporter Brian Dzenis is reporting from the location.

He’s reporting the victim, a male, was apparently beaten to death in a possibly domestic violence incident in a home on that block some time after midnight.

Police have not taped off any area outside on the block, but officers are currently guarding the home as detectives work inside.
Stay with Homicide Watch Trenton as the story develops.

Trial set for alleged revenge murder in Trenton

TRENTON – A trial date has finally been set in the case of the witness allegedly killed for testifying against a boyfriend, who, officials charge, arranged her retaliation assassination from behind prison bars in 2005.

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Andrew Smithson said alleged mastermind Anthony Kidd, his brother Henry Kidd Jr. and suspected triggerman and cousin Darrell Scott will go on trial on Sept. 23.

Anthony Kidd

Anthony Kidd

Smithson ruled after Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Lew Korngut disclosed that a codefendant had given cops a full statement about what happened and why, and that he’s prepared to testify for the state at the trial.

The prosecutor also said he has a cell-phone mapping expert who will trace all the calls between Trenton and Alabama in which the ambush murder of Kendra DeGrasse was set up eight years ago on the night of March 24.
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Man shot dead in West Trenton

After a one-day reprieve, the city’s criminal element was at it again with the gun violence. From last Friday through Tuesday, nine people were shot, which includes Sidique Richardson (Howlen), who was killed Friday night on Jersey Street and Home Avenue.

On Thursday, around 7:00 p.m. on Bryn Mawr Avenue near Volk Street, a man was shot dead. According to police, the victim was sitting in the car when the suspect fired into the vehicle. The victim got out of the vehicle, ran to the backyard of a residence and collapsed.
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