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Sparta Police: Speeding on West Mountain Roads Gets Vernon Man Drug Charges

December 10, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Vernon man was arrested on drug charges after getting stopped for speeding on West Mountain Road.  On November 17 around 4 p.m., Sparta Police Officer Timothy Lynott pulled over a grey Ford driven by Michael Gubich for driving 60 in a 30 MPH zone, police say.

When Lynott spoke with Gubich the officer smelled marijuana.  Det. Sgt. Hannam and Det. Hassloch arrived ...

Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Yields Hundreds of Empty Heroin Packets

SPARTA, NJ – A Long Valley resident was found to have hundreds of empty wax packets used to hold heroin when he was stopped for having an expired inspection sticker.  Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped a gray Honda Accord on December 4 around 9:50 a.m. on Route 15, police report.

When Snyder went to speak with Daniel Gaeta, 30, the driver told the officer he was being ...

Sparta Police: Designated Driver Charged with DWI, Passenger Charged Too

SPARTA, NJ – A designated driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated after catching the attention of Sparta police with an illegal lane change.  On November 11 around 2 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Joseph Antonello saw Kelly Stager, 38, cross two lanes on Woodport Road to make a left turn onto Pine Cone Lane, police say.

When Stager pulled over Antonello saw the front seat passenger ...

Sparta Police: Newton Woman Dies in Head On Collision on Newton Sparta Road

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman died in a head-on collision on Newton-Sparta road early Tuesday morning.  Sparta police are still investigating what caused Andover resident Sean Hubbard to cross the double yellow lines just west of Pickneyville Road according to Lt. John Lamon.

Hubbard, 33, was traveling in the eastbound lane in a white Nissan Altima around 7 a.m. when he drove into the ...

Newton Woman Runs Stop Sign, Arrested for Drug Sparta Police Say

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton driver is facing drug charges after catching the attention of Sparta police by running through a stop sign.  On November 21, around 11 p.m. Sparta Cpl. Marc Rubino saw a tan Chrysler turn right onto Andover Road without stopping at the corner, police report.

After stopping and speaking with Courtney Force, 23, the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  ...

Sparta Police: Three Passengers in One Car Face Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – Three of four occupants of a car stopped for erratic driving are facing drug charges.  On November 4 around 7:34 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley stopped the red Chrysler Pacifica driven by Jessica Ellsworth, 34, police say.

Finley spoke with the Branchville resident, asking for her credentials.  Ellsworth told Finley that her license was suspended.  ...

Area Police Collect Carloads of Food for Sussex County Pantry

SPARTA, NJ – Thanking the communities for their generosity, Sparta Police Department together with Byram and Andover Police Departments collected 35,328 pounds of food and $6,900 in cash for the Sussex County Food Bank.

On Saturday, November 19 the police made collections at Karl’s Auto Body. On Sunday, November 20 the police, Mohawk House’s Steve Scro and collected food ...

Franklin Police Find Additional Guns and Weapons at Hamburg Man's Home

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ – The Hamburg man arrested for illegally manufacturing guns at his workplace in Franklin is facing additional weapons charges.  On November 16, Franklin Borough police say they searched Russell Watt’s home and vehicle and found additional ammunition and weapons.

Police report the 38-year-old had “a long gun with a high capacity magazine and another ...

Franklin Police Arrest Hamburg Man for Illegal Arsenal of Weapons

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ –A Hamburg man is being charged with several weapons violations after Franklin Borough police executed a search warrant at his workplace in Franklin.  Russell Watt, 38, was arrested at MJS Precision on Cork Hill Road for illegally making guns, police report.

Police referred to the cache of guns as an arsenal on Wednesday when they announce Watt’s ...

Sparta Police: Hit and Run Ends with DWI Arrest for Sparta Woman

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges related to a hit and run accident in the Theater Center police say.  On October 26 around 8:20 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley went to the parking lot of the Theater Center where he got a description of the car that left the scene.

The victim described the car as a black SUV and provided the license ...

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Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign

December 10, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Law enforcement officials from Sparta Twp. will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get \Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 8, 2017 and continuing through January 1, 2018, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and Sobriety checkpoints ...