This makeshift memorial in honor of Tahaij Wells was displayed at the corner of Calhoun and Passaic streets. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)
Officers in at least two police departments knew about a township teacher’s Facebook post warning people not to attend Trenton’s Art All Night festival because “they will be shooting it up” within roughly an hour of it being shared online.
Startling new details emerged Wednesday afternoon forcing officials to acknowledge cops from Hamilton and Trenton police departments had learned about Wilson Elementary teacher Danielle Grady’s widely circulated Facebook post as early as Saturday afternoon, about 14 hours before a firefight broke out around 2:45 a.m. Sunday at the arts festival inside a warehouse of the Roebling Market.
Investigators wanted to know whether Grady had advance warning of the mass shooting that injured at least 22 people, including a teenager. Most of the victims have been treated and released from the hospital.
Hundreds of people saw and commented on the post, but city police director Ernest Parrey Jr. said at a news conference Tuesday at the Friendship Baptist Church he was “not aware” of any calls to police forewarning of potential violence.
Mercer County prosecutor Angelo Onofri admonished the township teacher at the same presser for not alerting police.
Hamilton school officials Wednesday morning said Grady had been sidelined from teaching for the rest of the year after officials criticized her for not alerting police to the potential threat.
In an interview Wednesday afternoon, Onofri acknowledged his office has since learned a retired Hamilton cop forwarded the teacher’s post to the school resource officer at Hamilton High School West Saturday afternoon. Read more
(left to right) Amir Armstrong, Tahaij Wells and Davone White
Authorities brought additional charges against two of the three suspects in a brazen art festival shootout early Sunday morning that injured nearly two dozen people and sent “innocent bystanders” stampeding for cover amid the hail of gunfire inside a warehouse at the Roebling Market. Read more
Tahaij Wells, the gunman killed in a shootout at an arts festival early Sunday morning, spent most of his life in solitary confinement as authorities claimed they kept him there to prevent his own gang from killing him in prison after they put out a “hit” on him for the “unauthorized” execution of a fellow gangster.
The slay apparently didn’t go over well with top dawgs of the Bloods street gang and they ordered a “terminate on sight” for Wells, according to a Department of Corrections investigator who testified in court proceedings related to Wells’ federal court push to get out of solitary confinement.
The cops got to Wells before the gang did. Read more
Multiple people were shot at the annual Art All Night celebration in Trenton (Penny Ray - Trentonian)
A 24-hour celebration that showcases local artists became the Wild West early Sunday morning amidst a fight inside a warehouse.
One person was killed and numerous others were injured in a shootout that happened at the Art All Night (AAN) celebration in the Roebling Market section of the city. Officials say approximately 1,000 people were at the event, with a large number of them hanging outside the warehouse.
“When we got here around 2:30, it didn’t look like we were coming to Art All Night,” city resident Franco Roberts said. “It looked like we were outside of a Philadelphia club after the bar closes and people who don’t want to leave are standing around their cars smoking and drinking.”
Roberts and his girlfriend had a feeling something bad was going to happen because there were “more people outside than in the warehouse” and no music was playing inside, he said.
“There’s usually a lot of noise and a lot of music but there was none of that,” Roberts, who has attended AAN for the past four years, said. “Someone told us they were shutting down the whole building. Then we turned around and saw people squaring up to fight.”
And that’s when gunshots rang out. Read more
That’s the verdict Peter Charles Jr. heard 16 times Thursday afternoon when a jury convicted him on all counts in his murder trial.
Charles, 19, of Trenton, shot and killed 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman in a brazen April 2016 shooting in the city’s South Ward.
Peter Charles Jr. (left) has been convicted of murdering 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman (right) in a brazen April 2016 Trenton shooting. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
With prosecutors presenting an ironclad case, all 12 jurors were firmly convinced that Charles shot at the minivan that Ciony and six other juveniles were occupying on that fateful evening in the area of Jersey Street and Home Avenue. Read more
The convicted sex offender who stabbed and killed 26-year-old Trenton man Courtney Levine in 2012 has been resentenced to lesser prison time.
David Noncent (New Jersey Department of Corrections Photo)
David Noncent of Ewing was originally hit with 13 years of state incarceration in March 2017 after pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter, but Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw on May 7 reduced the punishment to 10 years behind bars.
Prosecutors long ago offered Noncent a plea deal calling for a 10-year prison sentence for manslaughter, but Warshaw last year suggested it was fair and in the interests of justice to imprison him for 13 years. Read more
Leroy Tutt’s murder trial ended this week without resolution.
A hung jury could not decide whether Tutt was guilty or not guilty of shooting and killing 19-year-old Nabate Kalil Washington, also known as Nebate Anderson, in a broad daylight shooting last summer.
Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier on Wednesday declared a mistrial due to the jury’s inability to reach a unanimous verdict in the case.
The state intends to retry the case, according to a Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman. Read more
A city man found stabbed to death Monday underneath a large tree trunk had a sordid past.
Anthony C. Anderson, 56, of the 600 block of North Clinton Avenue, was convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance under 13 years old, according to the state’s Megan’s Law Registry. He was sentenced to six years in jail, court records show.
Prosecutors confirmed Thursday the date of birth of the deceased victim and the sex offender matched.
Anderson, who also went by the aliases Tony Anderson and Anthony Jay, was listed as a “Tier 2 - Moderate Risk” offender in the database. He was released from state prison in May 2014, New Jersey Department of Corrections records outline.
The 2011 case was not the first time Anderson was convicted of molesting a child. Read more
Trenton artist Derrick Coleman created this banner which will be used as a makeshift memorial for Kuyler Fowler. (Isaac Avilucea - Trentonian)
MORRISVILLE, PA. >> They come to him when their friends die, crossing the “Trenton Makes” bridge to enlist him to create memorial T-shirts and banners that appear at makeshift vigils on too many Trenton blocks.
“Sad to say, I’ve done a lot of people’s shirts since I’ve been here,” said 41-year-old Derrick Coleman, a Trenton artist and activist better known as DC the Voice. “A lot of times what I try to do with the youth, when I get an opportunity to speak to them, I tell them that life is not promised. We have to take life seriously and appreciate everything. A lot of kids out here dying for the wrong reasons.” Read more
Horace Gordon (COURTESY OF SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL JAIL)
Convicted murderer Horace J. Gordon has been sentenced to 45 years of state incarceration for slaying an innocent man in cold blood.
Gordon, 38, of Trenton, was found guilty earlier this year of shooting and killing 29-year-old Harvey Sharp in June 2015.
Gordon claimed self-defense in the slaying, but a jury of his peers unanimously convicted him March 22 on all three counts in the indictment comprising first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit and second-degree possession of a firearm for unlawful purposes. Read more