Warren County in the News - 2023 Edition

The shooter was from Washington. Terrible situation for all.

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/newyork/live-updates/pseg-shooting-somerset-franklin-township/?fbclid=IwAR0sPs8h0RQqoJMb--E_2ZM2kw62bwRQGArWastzr6dFgsb2YxIUGHv2HvI&mibextid=q5o4bk

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Feb '23

Fatal motorcycle accident on RT80 West just past exit 12.


An update regarding the deadly crash on Rt 57 in Washington when a drunk drove his truck into the second floor of a home.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/nj-couples-road-to-recovery-after-truck-slammed-into-their-home-in-deadly-crash/4118565/


That driver deserves a long prison sentence.

Metsman Metsman
Feb '23

I saw that piece too, Greg. Heartbreaking. Also quite abominable the driver is walking around freely.
I don’t think it was mentioned in the piece, but is there a reason the house hasn’t been demolished yet if they are rebuilding?

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Feb '23

I agree, both heartbreaking on one front and an outrage on another.

They intend to live on the property once the house is demolished and a new one constructed.


Amazing that there were no serious injuries in this accident. How in the world does someone approach an accident scene with so many flashing lights from all of the emergency vehicles and not slow down? Baffling.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/2023/02/emt-hurt-troopers-escape-injury-as-tow-truck-barrels-into-3-cop-cars-and-ambulance-on-80.html

FarmerJake FarmerJake
Feb '23

RE: being out on bail. Probably because it was not premediated or "planned."

However, rest easy, chances are it will not change his time in jail by even a minute.

Hopefully has an anklet, he would and should run.

Meanwhile, he walks around wondering, worrying, kvetching about his fate, perhaps even hopeful he will still get a break. He won't, he is just delaying the inevitable truth that the longer he is out, the older he will be upon release.

Plus, he is a walking pariah. Everywhere he goes, everyone he meets gives him that funny look reserved for looking at the damned. Everyone looks at him with a forgone conclusion on his fate. He may be free, but he is in a solitary prison of his own making. You can bet his relationships and friendships are pretty much over or severely damaged. Probably wishes he could just get it over with and get on with it.

Babbit Babbit
Feb '23

Not baffling, fog was real bad that night- 1/4 mile visibility at the most.


That dude made a terrible choice Babbit. No one drives drunk with the intent to kill somebody, and certainly with no intent to take flight into the second story of a home. The courts are so backed up right now he will be free for a little while longer. He should be sitting in a jail cell.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Feb '23

OP - I didn’t realize that it was foggy that night. So maybe it’s not baffling, but it’s still inexcusable. Every driver should know enough to slow down due to unfavorable weather conditions. And an operator of an emergency vehicle should be especially careful. I don’t care how foggy it was, the lights of 5-10 emergency vehicles would be visible from quite a distance.

FarmerJake FarmerJake
Feb '23

I agree. While he may, I assume, have terrible remorse and understands his life is over as he knows it, he could very well be drinking it up possibly putting others in peril again figuring he has nothing to lose. A cell is where he should be.


Crash video. Scary drivers out there on the roads.
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/2023/03/watch-tow-truck-barrels-into-new-jersey-state-police-and-emergency-vehicles.html

maja2 maja2
Mar '23

Nice.
https://wrnjradio.com/former-warren-county-businessman-sentenced-to-3-years-in-prison-for-fraudulently-obtaining-1-8m-in-covid-19-loans-meant-for-small-businesses/

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Mar '23

That whole program was shooting fish in a barrel for scores and scores of criminals. Included are employees of the IRS. Just think of the folks who stole and have not been caught. A complete unnecessary debacle in my book.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/biggest-fraud-generation-looting-covid-relief-program-known-ppp-n1279664

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/five-current-or-former-irs-employees-charged-defrauding-federal-covid-19-relief-programs


3 yrs. for 1.8 million? Sentence is way too soft.

ole' timer
Mar '23

3 years and 3.6 million for 1.8 million

ianimal ianimal
Mar '23

Still too soft.

ole' timer
Mar '23

Hoax call about a shooting at P'burg HS this morning.

https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/poconos-coal/prosecutor-students-speak-out-after-hoax-calls-prompt-police-responses-at-phillipsburg-high-school-other/article_b61b73c2-ce85-11ed-8c2b-ffc10a10c498.html

Calico696 Calico696
Mar '23

Shooting in P'burg today.

https://www.nj.com/news/2023/04/rounds-of-gunfire-draw-numerous-police-agencies-to-phillipsburg.html

Calico696 Calico696
Apr '23

Sad indeed. Praying the woman and officer will recover.


No comment on the shooter.

ole' timer
Apr '23

Pedestrian hit by train in Hackettstown:
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2023/05/person-struck-by-nj-transit-train-in-warren-county-police-say.html

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
May '23

So upsetting. Praying they recover.


Hopefully they will give more information once it becomes available. I would speculate that the Woman was distracted to be hit by a train. It does not say where on the tracks, by Main Street or further East. People walk the tracks all the time with no regard to their own safety. They walk too close or in the middle or they pop out of the bushes to cross. I hope she recovers.
If I sound a little cynical, I am, I've seen too many people do dumb things around trains, whether walking or driving and it makes for a bad time for the crews as well.

Mr 4Paws Mr 4Paws
May '23

It states east of High Street is where she was hit.
Hopefully she'll be ok.


I saw news 69 filming the area. According to their report, it was a juvenile.

happiest girl
May '23

Yes, this article stated it was a juvenile

https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/western-newjersey/juvenile-hit-by-train-in-hackettstown/article_dffa7872-e9e8-11ed-b86b-43ca1116625b.html?fbclid=IwAR0eY1YAXmUCvEIw-3AKU1pa290qxkkuzQBMVVyBkZp8Hn_Qvvf6RFzwafA&mibextid=Zxz2cZ

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
May '23

"Typical rent prices in two New Jersey counties surged more than 13% over the last year, according to Zillow data.

Warren County had the highest increase at 13.51%, just barely edging out Salem County’s 13.14%, as of March. Of the 19 counties with enough available data for Zillow to calculate an “observed rent index,” only Atlantic County saw a decline in rental costs..."
You have to be a subscriber to read entire article, at https://www.nj.com/data/2023/05/rent-prices-jumped-13-in-2-nj-counties-see-rental-costs-around-the-state.html

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
May '23

I’m no expert but wouldn’t that news be positive for home values? Trying to find a silver lining there.

Consigliere
May '23

Any word on the girl who got hit by the train? See nothing on the news.

Mr 4Paws Mr 4Paws
May '23

Poor pup and owner. Hope this moron is found.

https://wrnjradio.com/police-searching-for-driver-who-hit-dog-and-drove-away-in-warren-county/

Calico696 Calico696
Jun '23

New Jersey State Police and EMS vehicles collide on Warren County call
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/2023/07/new-jersey-state-police-and-ems-vehicles-collide-on-warren-county-call.html

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
Jul '23

Drowning at Oxford Lake.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2023/07/new-york-man-found-drowned-in-warren-county-lake-identified.html

Calico696 Calico696
Jul '23

“ Juan Flores-Rojas, of Queens, New York, was visiting the Oxford Township recreation area with a group of approximately 30 family and friends…” I’ll just leave that right here.

Consigliere
Jul '23

"His death is being ruled an accidental drowning, Pfeiffer said.

According to a news release by the prosecutor, family members stated that Flores-Rojas knew how to swim and did not display any signs of distress earlier in the day."
How about instead leaving a message of sympathy or respect (or nothing at all) instead of your completely unhelpful commentary Consigliere?

Rest in peace to this man, and really hope everyone is extra cautious with the amount of storm water our lakes, rivers and streams are absorbing lately.

Illo
Jul '23

“I’ll just leave that right here.”

Consigliere What do you mean by that?

not sack
Jul '23

We all know what he means.

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
Jul '23

thanks - not sack - my question as well

4catmom 4catmom
Jul '23

Another recreational area to be shut down soon. Just like penwell

Philliesman Philliesman
Jul '23

He was found inside the roped area. I thought they had lifeguards there to keep an eye on the swimmers?

GreatMeadows GreatMeadows
Jul '23

Consig once again proudly displaying his bias and ignorance. He must be so proud of himself, especially since he completely omitted any comment about the victim's tragic passing.

What a guy.

only one truth only one truth
Jul '23

GreatMeadows - They do have lifeguards at Oxford Lake.

Calico696 Calico696
Jul '23

How many people are allowed in the water at any given time?

Is there a limit? Or a ratio of guards to people?

If a single group / family had 30 people there... it quickly becomes overwhelming.


Also- off topic, but does anyone know if scuba is allowed at Oxford lake?


The water in Furnace lake and Mountain Lake gets pretty dark as soon as the sun isn't overhead directly and you're out towards the weedier ends of the swimming area. I'm sure they'll investigate if the victim got accidentally snagged on something, but that's always a possibility.
I could definitely see how distress underwater could be missed in one of our weedy local lakes/ponds

Illo
Jul '23

If he was struggling in the water it definitely should have been noticed. If he had a heart attack or something that he just went under maybe that might not be as noticeable. Sad situation.

GreatMeadows GreatMeadows
Jul '23

Unless the water was warm, they could have experienced "cold shock," especially if he didn't acclimate himself to the water, and just dove in after being out in the hot sun. "Cold shock" can cause heart attacks in some people, and he could've faltered rapidly, without anyone being very aware of what was going on. The only good point in that is that he might have gone quickly, without suffering. Truly a shame when you just go out to have fun and lose someone.

Phil D. Phil D.
Jul '23

So very sad about the gentlemen who drowned. Was the lake particularly high from the storms?

Speaking of the storms:


Murphy requests major disaster declaration for N.J. after severe storm devastates county
https://www.nj.com/news/2023/07/murphy-requests-major-disaster-declaration-for-nj-after-severe-storm-devastates-county.html

4of4
Jul '23

Route 46 to open 7/30 at 6am
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/2023/07/route-46-reopening-after-flood-fix-required-new-mile-long-access-road-nj-officials-say.html

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Jul '23

That’s a big pot!

https://wrnjradio.com/jersey-cash-5-winning-ticket-worth-886516-sold-in-warren-county/

Kelleo22 Kelleo22
Aug '23

The White Township warehouse battle is over.

https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/western-newjersey/nearly-600-acres-of-warren-county-farmland-to-be-bought-from-jaindl-preserved/article_216b6cc6-7918-11ee-9454-130a1d159912.html

Calico696 Calico696
Nov '23

thanks calico. power to the people!

babbit babbit
Nov '23

Allamuchy, Mother of 2 young boys killed in Warren County crash
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/2023/11/mother-of-2-young-boys-killed-in-warren-county-crash.html

Terrible.

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
Nov '23

OnTheEdge, that would explain why northbound 517 was shut down on Wednesday evening down by quick check. Such a terrible story, especially because of the young children. I’ve pulled out of that intersection 1000 times. Unlike some intersections around here, the line of sight in both directions is pretty clear. I’m guessing someone (possibly intoxicated) just came down the hill on ridge rd, passed mattars, and completely blew the stop sign. Not too long ago someone else did that and went clear across 517 and into the woods. Praying for the family.

Consigliere
Nov '23

Murder in Columbia, NJ.

https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/western-newjersey/prosecutor-man-shoots-kills-woman-in-warren-county-nj-dies-after-suffering-medical-emergency/article_c4ff3414-cab5-11ee-8852-c7fa9a918e6e.html

Calico696 Calico696
February 14th

Columbia, NJ, man arrested on Feb. 8 is charged with manufacturing and selling ghost guns.

https://www.nj.com/morris/2024/02/nj-man-accused-of-making-ghost-guns-in-his-basement-authorities-say.html

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
February 21st

Possible illegal alien dump in P'burg.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/phillipsburg/2024/03/pburg-investigating-possible-drop-off-of-illegal-immigrants-into-town-mayor-says.html

Calico696 Calico696
3 weeks ago

"Speculation that five men who were dropped off Monday in Phillipsburg on a Texas-plated charter bus were “illegal aliens” has no merit, Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer said Tuesday.

He called that assumption “really inappropriate,” but also acknowledged the possibility that the five individuals may be asylum seekers, meaning “they are legal at that point.” "
- sorry paywall on this updated article https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/phillipsburg/2024/03/really-inappropriate-rumors-on-immigration-status-of-men-dropped-off-in-pburg-challenged.html


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