Police Blotter

Several Arrests by Sparta Police; DWI, Controlled Substances and Shoplifiting

Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ- Several arrests made by Sparta Police;


An Ogdensburg man was arrested early Sunday morning on December 22 after the vehicle he was operating was stopped for having an inoperable passenger headlight.  At 1:28 am, 19-year-old John R. O’Connor was operating his 2004 black Hyundai north on Main Street when he was stopped by police for the equipment violation.

Sign Up for E-News

Subsequent investigation revealed that O’Connor had consumed alcoholic beverages. He was then administered a series of Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed.  He was then placed under arrest for DWI and transported to police headquarters for processing and breath testing.

O’Connor was charged with; Underage DWI, Careless Driving and Maintenance of Lamps.  He was released several hours later to a sober adult.  He has a first appearance in Sparta Municipal Court on January 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm to answer to the charges.  Officer Craig Grauerholz investigated the incident.



A Sparta man was arrested during the late afternoon hours of December 21, after the vehicle he was operating collided with another car on Green Road.  At 5:27 pm, Officer Craig Grauerholz was dispatched to the intersection of Green Road and Brookside Drive to investigate.  The officer determined that at 2011 Honda Civic occupied by three adult females, was traveling east on Green Road.  A 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt operated by 22-year-old Kevin Sayers was driving west.

The Sayers vehicle then entered into the opposite lane of travel.  The operator of the Honda took evasive action to avoid a head-on collision but could not avoid being side-swiped by Sayers.  While speaking to Sayers, Grauerholz determined that he had been consuming alcoholic beverages.  After Sayers failed a series of Field Sobriety Tests he was placed under arrest for DWI.  He was then transported to police headquarters for processing and breath testing.

Sayers was later charged with; DWI and Careless Driving.  He was released several hours later to a sober adult.  His vehicle was impounded.  There were no injuries reported at the scene.  Officers Brian Hassloch assisted at the scene.



Four young adult females were arrested during the early evening hours of December 16, after the vehicle they were traveling in was stopped for an equipment violation.  At 10:42 pm, Cpl. Marc Rubino was on routine patrol on West Mountain Road when he stopped a 2007 Subaru because the license plate lights were inoperable.

While speaking to the operator later identified as 20-year-old Sparta resident Lucy Fumosa, the corporal detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle.  Fumosa who had three other passengers admitted to smoking a “joint” in the car earlier in the evening.

Rubino received a written consent to search the vehicle and seized the following items located under the driver’s seat; a plastic Tupperware container that held; a multi-colored glass smoking pipe containing burnt marijuana residue, a packet of rolling papers and 50 grams or less of marijuana.

Arrested at the scene were; Fumosa, 19-year-old Katherine J. Lanyi, 19-year-old Katherine L. McGill all of Sparta and 22-year-old Samantha D. Stein of Bordenton, New Jersey.  All four were transported to police headquarters for processing.

They were all charged with; Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Fumosa was additionally charged with; Maintenance of Lamps, Failure to Exhibit Documents and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle. They were all released several hours later on their own recognizance.  Sgt. Jeffrey Mase assisted with the investigation.



Det. Jeffrey McCarrick has completed his investigation into a string of thefts from the Sparta Stop & Shop that were committed  on October 11, October 29, and November 24.  These thefts were committed by an unknown adult female who was caught on video surveillance entering the store without any merchandise in her possession and then a short time later would approach the customer service desk and return items consisting of several bottles of laundry detergent and other items and exchange them for a refund.

The refunds were documented by the store with signed receipts from the suspect who used several different aliases during these exchanges which was always just under $50.00 each time.  On November 29, the suspect was denied a refund on merchandise that she attempted to return and then fled the store without paying for the items.

On December 13, subsequent investigation lead to the arrest of 33-year-old Newton resident, Melissa L. Hardick.  She was processed at police headquarters and charged with; Theft by Deception (four counts) and Shoplifting.  She was later released on her own recognizance.  She has a first appearance in Sparta Municipal Court on December 30th to answer to the charges.                  


Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News