Franklin Police Report $30,000 Loss from Break-in at Franklin Mineral Museum

June 19, 2017

FRANKLIN, NJ – Burglars broke into the Franklin Mineral Museum early Monday, June 19 around 4:40 a.m. stealing approximately $30,000 in precious stones, gems and minerals. They broke in through a second story window and caused significant damage to the shelves and the museum’s display cabinets, according to Franklin Borough police.

In addition to the monetary loss, the merchandise ...

Sparta Police: Wanted Newton Man Facing New Charges

SPARTA, NJ - A Newton man with an outstanding warrant is facing new drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  Sparta Cpl. Marc Rubino pulled Brett Petersen over after seeing Petersen change lanes, cutting off another car on June 13 around 7:30 p.m.  

Rubino checked Petersen's documents he found that the 33-year-old had an outstanding warrant from the Sussex County ...

Sparta Police Department Swears in New Chief, Three Lieutenants

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Department has a new chief.  On Friday evening approximately 200 people gathered in the Sparta High School auditorium to be a part of the ceremony elevating Neil Spidaletto to Chief.  Additionally Det. Sgt Terrence Mulligan, Sgt John Lamon and Sgt. Dennis Proctor were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

The ceremony was opened by the bagpipes of the ...

Two Newton Police Officers Recognized for Their Service

NEWTON, NJ—National Police Week is celebrated every May. This year the Newton's Chief of Police, Michael Richards, looked to commend “officer performance that illustrates the challenging work that they encounter each day and highlights work that often goes above and beyond.” 

During the Newton Town Council meeting on May 22, Richards began the presentation ...

Sparta Police Charge Ogdensburg Man with DWI, Refusal and More

SPARTA, NJ – An Ogdensburg man is facing DWI and other charges after having been pulled over for speeding on Route 15.  Sparta Police Officer Tim Lynott saw Santiago Traverso Jr. traveling on the northbound side of the highway “at an extremely high rate of speed,” according to police.

In addition to speeding, Lynott saw Taverso run the red light at the top of the exit ...

Newton Police: Second Speeding Stop to Result in Drug Charges

NEWTON, NJ—For the second time this month, Ptl Mahir Kaylani was conducting a routine speeding stop when the stop took a different turn on May 26.

Kaylani stopped a 2015 while Dodge Dart, driven by Cheyanne Kowalski, 20, of Andover for speeding on Main Street, according to police. 

When officer Kaylani searched the vehicle, he found approximately two grams of marijuana, two ...

Sparta Girl Chased by Man in White Van

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School student was out for a run on Monday evening in her neighborhood in Sparta Mountain when she was chased by a man in a van.  Finishing out her run, the girl was heading up the hill on Mount Pleasant Road when she noticed a white van pull up behind her, according to the girl's mother.

There were two men in the van, according to the girl.  One ...

Newton Police: Routine Speeding Stop Leads to Drug Charges

NEWTON, NJ—What started off as a routine speeding stop for Newton Ptl Mahir Kaylani, turned into an arrest for drug possession on Saturday, May 13.

Kaylani stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Paul Ford, 32, of Stillwater for speeding on Main Street.

When the Newton officer searched Ford's car he found approximately 10 grams of marijuana, a multi colored glass smoking ...

Sparta Police: Drug Charges for Ogdensburg Woman in Station Park After Closing

SPARTA, NJ –  A woman parked in Station Park after the park was close is facing drug charges.  Nicole Alonzi, 35, was found sitting in her 2002 Mercury by Sparta Police Cpl. Marc Rubino on May 10 around 9:20 p.m. according to police.

When the officer told the Odgensburg resident she had to leave the park, he smelled burnt marijuana.  When Rubino asked Alonzi about the ...

Sparta Police: Newton Man Faces Drug and DWI Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man is facing DWI and drug charges after being stopped for erratic driving.  On May 11 Sparta police received a call from an off-duty officer from another town, reporting he was following a 1999 Lexus SUV that could not stay in the lane.  Further, the officer reported the driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel at a traffic light in Jefferson and hit the ...

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