Newton Police Officer Sworn in At Town Council Meeting

January 16, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—In front of his family, friends, the town council, and his fellow officers, Steven Van Nieuwland was sworn in as a member of the Newton Police Department during the council meeting on Monday.

His wife and two daughters held the Bible. Deputy Mayor Wayne Levante read the oath to Van Nieuwland, as he repeated the words loud for everyone in attendance to hear.

Once ...

Newton Police: Motor Vehicle Stop for Speeding Ends With a Warrant for Arrest

NEWTON, NJ—A Sussex man was stopped for speeding and was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. Christopher Caufield was pulled over by Newton Police Sgt. Michael Monaco, though he initially gave a false name to the officer on January 12 around 1 a.m. policer report. 

A check on the 30-year-old turned up a $2,500 outstanding warrant from Totowa Boro municipal ...

Pedestrian Struck by Motor Vehicle Receives Summons

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton woman who was struck by a car will be ticketed for failure to use the crosswalk.  On Thursday, January 5 around 5:21 p.m. Newton police went to the Mill Street near the Brookside Terrace apartments, responding to a call of a person having been struck by a car.

The police officers administered first aid to Evelyn Strauss who had been hit when walking across Mill ...

Sparta Police: Three Car Accident ends in Fire

SPARTA, NJ - One person was injured in a three car accident on Route 15 Thursday evening.  Sparta police responded to an accident on the southbound side of Route 15 at the intersection of Primrose Lane.

The chain of events began around 4:45 p.m.,  with 69-year-old Elizabeth Lehmann of Rockaway crashing her 2010 Toyota  into the back of a 2013 Kia being driven by Sparta resident ...

Sparta Police: Newton Man Faces DWI Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man faces several charges related to erratic driving, having been pulled over in Sparta on Route 15.  Sparta Police Officer Taylor May saw Connor Fitzpatrick drive his 2004 Dodge multiple times over the rumble strips on January 7 just after midnight, according to police.

Fitzpatrick was driving north when he was stopped.  After May spoke with Fitzpatrick, ...

Retired Newton Police Officer Honored in Proclamation by Town Council

NEWTON, NJ—In front of a large crowd, the Town Council of Newton honored retired Newton police officer Frank E. Philhower, Jr. at the council meeting on Monday.  He was thanked for his dedication and service to the town.

In giving Philhower his retirement badge, Chief Michael Richards of the Newton Police Department said a few words.  Philhower was also given an award from the ...

Sparta Police Department Celebrates 75th Anniversary

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department celebrated 75 years of service to the community on Thursday.  In the council chambers of town hall nearly 20 people gathered for cake and coffee to recognize the milestone.

Police Chief Ernie Reigstad welcomed everyone standing with Senator Steve Oroho, Mayor Christine Quinn, Deputy Mayor Molly Whilesmith and Township Manager Bill ...

Former Newton Police Officer Arrested for Assault of a Juvenile

NEWTON, NJ—The former Newton Police Officer, Jason Miller, who was sentenced to probation after admitting that he tampered with police records in 2015, was arrested on the night of Thursday, December 15 on charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller, Miller was expected to appear in court on Monday, December 19, but was delayed ...

Police Make Arrest in Sparta Church Vandalism Incident

SPARTA, NJ – A Hamburg woman faces charges for throwing a rock and breaking a window.  On Christmas Eve a Sparta church was vandalized.    It appeared that someone had thrown a rock through a stained-glass window at the Institute for Spiritual Development Church according to Sparta Police.

The church, located on Sparta Avenue reported the estimated cost of the damage ...

Newton Man Sentenced in Kidnap, Murder-for-Hire Plot

NEWARK, NJ –  A Newton man, previously pleading guilty on charges of kidnapping and murder, was sentenced to 17 and a half-years in prison according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. 

Christopher Thieme had previously appeared before U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton, pleading guilty to kidnapping and murder-for-hire of a woman he met online, Fishman said.

The 36-year-old ...

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