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Sparta Police Nab Two on Outstanding Warrants

February 19, 2018

SPARTA,NJ – Several people with active warrants were picked up by Sparta Police this week. On February 12 around noon, Sparta Police Officer Christopher Favaro stopped Newark resident Alex Nunes-Ramalho, 23, for broken break lights on his gold Chevy Impala. 

 Nunes-Ramalho told Favaro that he did not have his wallet with him.  Instead, the driver showed the officer a ...

Sparta Police: Broken Lights Ends with DWI for Newton Man

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man caught the attention of Sparta Cpl Rubino when he drove passed him on West Shore Trail with a broken license plate light.  Alexis Obolensky was stopped in his gold Subaru on February 15 around 7:45 p.m., police report.

When the officer was stopping the 28-year-old driver he saw him flick a cigarette out the window.  As Rubino spoke with him he smelled ...

Sparta Police: Marijuana Card is Not a Free Pass for NY Man

SPARTA, NJ – A man speeding on Route 15 faces drug charges despite having a medical marijuana card.  Muhammad Khan, 26, of Valley Stream, New York was stopped by Police Officer Erick Finley driving his red Lexus SUV 75 mph in a 55 mph zone, police report.

When the officer spoke with the driver and passenger Abubaker Masood, 29 ow West Islip, New York, the officer smelled raw ...

Sparta Police: Vernon Woman One Car Crash Charged for Drugs and Alcohol

SPARTA, NJ –  A Vernon woman who crashed her car on Route 517, was not injured but was arrested on drug and alcohol charges.  On February 11 around 9:17 p.m. Kimberly Castro, 24,  was driving north, just past Sparta Middle School when she lost control of the car, hit a snowbank and spun around before coming to a stop on the shoulder, according to Sparta Lt. John ...

Sparta Police: License Plate Problems Ends with Drug Arrest

SPARTA, NJ – Issues with a license plate ended up with an Edison woman facing drug charges.  On February 8 around 1:17 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd stopped a black Nissan Altima because the license plate light was not working and the plate was not fully visible, police report.

When Herd spoke with the driver Cyeta Purnell, 44, the officer saw marijuana on the lap of the ...

Newton Police: Suspicious Car in Hotel Parking Lot Leads to Drug Arrest

NEWTON, NJ—A Holmdel man sitting in his car in the Holiday Inn Express parking lot is facing drug charges.  Newton Police Pl. Jared Zappa saw a the car idling in the lot on February 3 around 1:34 a.m, police report.

Zappa smelled raw marijuana when he spoke with the driver Joshua Rubin, 39.  The driver admitted he had pot in the car, with the intention of smoking it according ...

One Injured in Two-Family House Fire in Newton

NEWTON, NJ—One man was injured, while three others escaped unharmed when a two-family two story apartment house caught fire on Saturday.  On January 27 at around 6:26 a.m. Newton Police received a 9-1-1 call from a passerby reporting a house on fire. Patrols immediately responded to the area and found a structure fire at 75 Trinity Street police report..

According to Police, ...

Sparta Police Call on Residents to Help Combat Drunk Driving

SPARTA, NJ –In the wake of the a locally high profile plea agreement in which driving while intoxicated charges against Sparta councilman Jerry Murphy were dropped by Hopatcong and Sussex County prosecutors, Sparta police released a statement reminding people not to drink and drive.

Police ask the community for help in keeping the roads and their fellow citizens safe this ...

Sparta Police Seize 414 Heroin Packets in Motor Vehicle Stop

SPARTA, NJ – Two Pennsylvania women were caught with more than 400 packets of heroin when their car caught the attention of police. 

“Heroin is so cheap, it’s not unusual to see 400 bags anymore,” Sparta Lt. Lamon said.

On January 29 around 1:16 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido saw Heather James, 40, driving a blue Honda with tinted brake light lenses and ...

Sparta Councilman Murphy Beats DWI

HOPATCONG, NJ –Sparta Councilman Jerry Murphy who faced charges including driving while intoxicated, speeding and careless driving walked away from court today relatively unscathed.  He pled guilty to a minor charge involving his license plate on Monday in the Hopatcong municipal court.  The plea agreement came nearly two years after Murphy's arrest for driving while ...

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