Judge frees Trenton man charged with vehicular homicide, prosecutors consent

A city man facing vehicular homicide charges has been released from jail after the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office had a change of heart.

Michael Ganie

Michael Ganie

Three days after his high-profile arrest, 53-year-old Michael Ganie was set free Monday with minimal conditions. He is accused of striking and killing 61-year-old Rodney Taylor in a Sept. 17 hit-and-run car accident near the McDonald’s restaurant off Chambers Street.

Prosecutors originally filed a detention motion seeking to keep Ganie locked up at the county jail without bail pending final resolution of his case. But upon further review, the state determined it would be more appropriate for Ganie to be released on minimal, non-monetary conditions.Read more

Three teenagers arrested for North 25 Housing murder

Zion Williams

Zion Williams

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge.

Zion Williams, 18, and two 16-year-old males are charged with murder, attempted murder, endangering the welfare of a child and related weapons offenses in connection with the October 6 shooting, which claimed Rutledge’s life and injured a 14-year-old girl.

Rutledge and the teenage girl were innocent bystanders when gunfire rang out in the North 25 Housing complex that Friday afternoon. Rutledge was later pronounced dead at the hospital, while the teenager sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Read more

Trenton man arrested for vehicular homicide

Michael Ganie

Michael Ganie

A city man was arrested last week in connection with the hit-and-run death of 61-year-old Rodney Taylor.

Michael Ganie, 53, is charged with death-by-auto, leaving the scene of an accident and several other offenses in connection with Taylor’s death. He’s being held in jail pending a detention hearing.

Officials say Taylor was in the middle of the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle Ganie was driving through the 400 block of Chambers Street around 10:20 p.m. on September 17. Taylor suffered severe injuries and later died at the hospital. Read more

Sheriff’s officer ‘justified’ in Centre St. gunfight against alleged killer Tyleeb Reese

The sheriff’s officer who engaged Tyleeb Reese in a gunfight during the deadly 35-hour standoff in South Trenton five months ago was justified in firing his service weapon and will not be charged, according to newly released findings by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Reese, 35, of Trenton, is accused of shooting and killing a civilian passer-by during the early hours of the standoff and firing multiple shotgun blasts at law-enforcement officers, injuring three of them.

Tyleeb Reese

Tyleeb Reese

Authorities say Reese initiated the gunfight about 6:30 a.m. May 10 by firing two shotgun blasts at members of a regional U.S. Marshals fugitive task force. The officers were attempting to apprehend Reese on a fugitive arrest warrant because he had failed to register as a convicted sex offender.Read more

Teen boy: I killed an immigrant in Trenton’s Chambersburg section

The North Jersey teenager who stabbed and killed 27-year-old Carlos Leiva-Oviedo during a June 2016 Chambersburg attack will serve at least one decade of hard time behind bars.

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

Danny Saad, 16, of Newark, has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, admitting he killed the hardworking Honduran immigrant during a visit to New Jersey’s capital city. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Saad was originally charged with murder, armed robbery and weapons offenses in connection with the slaying, which occurred near the intersection of Hudson and Genesee streets during the early morning hours of June 14, 2016.Read more

Jilted ex-girlfriend gets 17 years for killing Paris France Way in vicious stabbing

The city woman who killed her ex-boyfriend in a May 2015 East Trenton stabbing attack has received 17 years of state imprisonment.

Charlotte Carman, 40, was originally charged with first-degree murder for fatally plunging a knife into the lung of 33-year-old Paris France Way but pleaded guilty earlier this year to a downgraded charge of aggravated manslaughter.

Charlotte Carman (left) and Paris France Way

Charlotte Carman (left) and Paris France Way

Four of Way’s loved ones, including his mother and two sons, cried on the courtroom podium Friday afternoon as they spoke at Carman’s sentencing hearing about the pain of their loss. Read more

Gunman who killed Trenton rapper ‘Young Farr’ pleads guilty

Wayne Bush (left) and Jafar “Young Farr” Lewis

Wayne Bush (left) and Jafar “Young Farr” Lewis

The gunman who shot and killed Trenton hip-hop lyricist Jafar “Young Farr” Lewis over four years ago has now fessed up, abruptly ending his presumption of innocence in a lingering homicide case that previously ended in a mistrial.

Wayne Bush pleaded guilty last Friday to second-degree reasonable provocation manslaughter for slaying the 26-year-old rap artist on Aug. 23, 2013.

“He still wanted to go to trial, but his family was very much in favor of him taking the offer,” defense attorney John Furlong said of his client Bush. Read more

Tisheen Mack’s alleged killer gets released from jail with pretrial ankle monitor

Jihad Jenks

Jihad Jenks

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the July 23 shooting death of Tisheen Rasheen Mack and then was released from jail on electronically monitored home detention after a judge blasted the state’s handling of the case.

Jihad “Jay” Jenks, 23, of Ewing, has been charged with second-degree provoked manslaughter and weapons offenses on allegations he shot and killed 26-year-old Mack “in the heat of passion” on the 800 block of East State Street.

Mack had a gun on him on the night he was slain, according to police sources. Police charged Jenks on Aug. 2 but failed to justify the charges in an affidavit of probable cause — a mind-boggling omission that prompted Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw to denounce the state’s prosecutorial practices.

“The only place where this defendant’s name appears in this complaint is in the portion of the complaint that lists the name of the defendant. How do I find probable cause based upon an affidavit of probable cause which doesn’t even mention the defendant?” Warshaw said at Jenks’ Aug. 29 detention hearing. “This is completely and totally unacceptable.”Read more

Homicide victim from North 25 shooting ID’d as Wilma Rutledge, 58

Wilma Rutledge (Facebook Photo)

Wilma Rutledge (Facebook Photo)

A 58-year-old woman who died Friday afternoon from senseless gun violence outside the North 25 housing complex has been identified as Wilma Rutledge, who lived on Carver Lane where the shooting occurred.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday had no additional updates on the shooting that also left a 14-year-old city girl injured with gunshot wounds that were not considered to be life-threatening.

The incident occurred about 3:10 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Carver Lane and North Willow Street. Both shooting victims were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by private means. Rutledge was pronounced dead at the hospital while the teenager was last reported to be in stable condition, officials said.
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Trenton and Mercer County cops close in on Jamer Greenfield’s killer

TRENTON >> Talaya Greenfield might finally know who killed her son.

Talaya Greenfield grasps a portrait of her son, taken when he was young boy. (Isaac Avilucea - The Trentonian)

Talaya Greenfield grasps a portrait of her son, taken when he was young boy. (Isaac Avilucea - The Trentonian)

Sworn court papers filed this month in the ongoing lawsuit the Trenton woman brought against the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and city police last year suggest authorities are close to making arrests.

James Scott, an assistant prosecutor who heads the homicide unit, said in a certification there are “potentially identifiable suspects” in the murder of Jamer Greenfield, who was gunned down in Trenton in July 2014.

The unsolved case has dragged on for more than three years but is drawing to a close as the county homicide task force appears close to nabbing its targets.

“It is necessary for the MHTF to conduct additional interviews before the case will be in a position for review and potential issuance of arrest warrants and subsequent presentation to a grand jury for indictment(s),” Scott wrote. Read more