Newton Community Mourns Loss of Another Young Resident

October 18, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—Newton has suffered the loss of another young person this week.  A little over two weeks after the Newton Community lost Kelsey Bederka, 16, a student at Newton High School and one week after Peyten Critchlaw, 6, a first grader at Merriam Avenue School passed away due to a medical emergency. Now the Newton community is mourning Newton High School graduate Joey Savage IV, ...

Newton Police: Five Arrested for Distribution of Heroin, 165 Bags Seized

NEWTON, NJ-- Four Newton residents and a Branchville man were arrested with 165 bags of heroin. The arrests and seizures were made by the Sussex County Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force together with the Newton Police Department on September 27, according to police.

Drew Repasy, 33, of Newton, was arrested on Liberty Street with 10 bags of heroin. Repasy was charged with two counts of ...

Sparta Police: Over Weight Truck Driver Facing Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A box truck drive is facing drug charges after being stopped on White Lake Road. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido stopped Kyon Handcock on October 12 around 9:30 a.m. because the truck was oversized for the four ton weight limit, police say.

When Guido spoke with the 35-year-old Maplewood man the officer smelled marijuana.  Cpl. Rubino arrived to provide assistance as ...

Newton Police: 34 Bags of Heroin Confiscated, Two Arrested

NEWTON, NJ—Within a two-day period, the Newton Police Department were called to two different cemeteries in Newton for what ended up to be drug related incidents.  The investigations led to seizure of heroin and drug arrests of Hopatcong residents, police report.

On Tuesday, October 10 around 7:55 p.m. Sgt. Michael Monaco saw Shereen McManus, 27, and David Hearn, 32 behind the ...

Wanted Motorcycle Man Eludes Sparta Police

SPARTA, NJ – A motorcycle driver is wanted on several charges after eluding Sparta Police Officers on September 26 around 10:51 a.m.  Sparta Cpl. Rick Smith was driving behind the Connecticut man on White Lake Road when the motorcycle sped up for no apparent reason, police report.

The motorcycle crossed the yellow lines to pass another car.  The motorcycle passed Sparta Cpl.

Sparta Police Pick Up Three with Outstanding Warrants

SPARTA, NJ –In the past few weeks Sparta police have arrested several people with outstanding warrants.  On September 27 around 10 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd stopped a car because of a non-compliant license plate cover. The driver Raymond Riddick, 37, of Newark was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license.  Herd also found Riddick to have an outstanding ...

Sparta Police: Handyman Accused of Stealing Art Worth $239K

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta homeowner had $239,000 in artwork stolen by a handyman, while they were away in July.  The homeowners had hired 64 year-old Francesco Bove to clean up and repair pipes that had burst, police say.

Bove, a Brooklyn resident, stole the artwork including a comic book collection and then travelled to Italy, police report.

The homeowner was alerted to the theft ...

Sparta Police: Lost Driver Charged with DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Dover woman is charged with driving while intoxicated after a Sparta Police Officer saw her stopped in the left lane of Blue Heron Drive and then drive into the dead end of the Laddey, Clark and Ryan building on October 1 around 10:20 p.m. according to police.

Officer Thomas Snyder followed Ailsa Demendoza, 30, as she turned around and got onto Route 15 north.  ...

Second Pedestrian Hit This Month While Using Crosswalk

NEWTON, NJ – For the second time in a month a pedestrian was hit by a car in the crosswalk at the intersection of Trinity and Moran Street.  On September 22, Newton Police Officer Scott Veretis arrived to find Newton resident Omar Panciso  had been injured after being hit by a man from Dover, police report.

The same type of accident had occurred at the same corner on September ...

Sparta and Area Schools, Police Deal with Social Media Generated Threat

SPARTA, NJ – A photo posted on social media has led to heightened concerns about safety in a number of area towns.  A student from High Point High School had posted a photo of himself with a gun pointed at his head, mocking a suicide threat, according to Sparta Police Lt. John Lamon.

The photo was posted following recent suicides of a Newton High School student and two High ...

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