Police & Fire

August 13, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — A man from Dingman’s Ferry Pennsylvania, pulled over on Route 15 is facing charges after police found a “large role of copper wire,” in the car, police said. On August 2 around 7 p.m. officer Steven Guido stopped Colton Lee Greene, 22 for failing to signal a lane change. When ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to eight years in prison, registration on sex offenders list and lifetime parole after pleading guilty to sexual assault of victim under 13 years old. James Roff, 33, of Archibald, PA admitted to the assaults between February 2012 and May 2013. Roff is ...

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NEWTON, NJ — Two Newton residents and one resident of Paterson pleaded guilty in court according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch. Briana Sickel, 31, of Newton pleaded guilty in front of Honorable William J McGovern III, when she admitted to burglarizing a home in Byram on February 9.

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drunk driving charges after someone called in a tip to the Sparta police about a possible intoxicated driver.  On August 3 around 5:30 p.m. police officer Steven Guido stopped the black BMW X5 that had been reported traveling to Sparta from Jefferson, police ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The Newton Police Department hosted their first “Cone with a Cop” event this past weekend, getting to know the community while enjoying some ice cream. The event, which partnered with Hayek's Market Inc., was an opportunity for the officers to meet with residents and for them to get ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man was not injured when he flipped his car in the woods on Sparta Avenue near Surrey Lane.  Police Officer Brian Porter went to the scene of the accident on July 26 around 5:46 p.m. where he found Richard Bernstein, 52, had climbed out of the window, police ...

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NEWTON, NJ — Area residents are invited to share an ice cream with officers from the Newton Police Department at Hayek’s Market and Ice Cream Parlor on Saturday, July 28. This event is similar to the national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police recovered a stolen car when the driver was stopped for speeding on Route 15.  On June 30 around 11:15 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley stopped 19-year-old East Orange resident Shaquan Kyle-Knight for driving 93 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police report. Kyle -Knight ...

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SPARTA , NJ – A man from out of town walked into the Sparta Police Department to turn himself in.  Keith Bauccio from Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania told Sparta police he had several outstanding warrants, police report. On June 29 around 1:40 p.m. the 28-year-old was found to have a warrant out ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A little over a month after they were charged with distribution of heroin, Newton brothers Daniel and Ryan Devine are at it again in the town of Newton. On June 24 around noon, Newton police officers went to a home on Main Street to pick up Daniel, 34, on an active Sussex County ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A 24-year-old Newton resident is facing charges of arson after a fire in the high rise complex at 33 Mill Street.  On June 23 around 1:49 p.m. Newton police responded to the report of a fire on the second floor, police said. Ptl. Michael Wolanski and Ptl. Mahir Kaylani were able to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Jersey City man is facing drug charges after failing to signal a turn.  On June 17 around 12:30 a.m. Police Officer Brian Porter saw Jerod Hector, 43, turn right onto Moan street without putting on his blinker, police said. When Porter spoke with Hector in his Jeep Grand Cherokee ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Stockholm resident is facing drunk driving charges when she did not go when a traffic light turned green.  On June 16 around 1:15 a.m. Police Officers Thomas Snyder and Jonathan Poon stopped Christina Sacerdote, 52, police report. When the officers spoke with the driver they ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Stillwater woman is facing drug charges after crashing her car into a telephone pole on Monday, June 18 police said. Newton police officers responded to a report of an accident around 9:16 a.m. near Tuscany Bistro on Route 206 .  The driver Samantha Benson, 30, was distracted after ...

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NEWTON, NJ—An Andover man is facing drug charges after caught the attention of police having parked in the Newton Cemetery.  On June 8 around 4:30 p.m., Ptl. John Flanagan was patrolling the cemetery when he saw Jeffrey Schermerhorn, 27, standing outside his car, police report.  As the officer ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton woman has been charged with drug possession after she was stopped for making an illegal right turn onto Water Street at a red light. On June 7 around 11:26 p.m. Sgt. Thomas Muller saw Samantha Olsen, 20, make a right on red from Trinity Street onto Water Street northbound, which ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Tires were slashed at three different residences overnight Friday in Sparta. According to police a total of five cars and 11 tires were vandalized between 11 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday in three different neighborhoods. The vandalism occurred at homes on Heather Lane, Mount ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man is in custody on drug charges possession and more after Newton Police Officer Ptl. John Flanagan stopped an out of town taxicab for having an inoperable brake light on Lower Spring Street around 3:28 a.m. on Friday, June 1, police said. Ptl. Flanagan found that one of the ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man faces charges for stealing money from a car on Sussex County Community College. On May 29 around 8:18 p.m. police were notified of the burglary, police report.  An investigation by the Newton Police Department with the assistance of the college’s security department, led ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Wantage woman is facing drug charges following a call to Newton Police Department from a concerned citizen. On Sunday, May 27 at 8:36 p.m. the Newton Police Dept. received information that a woman was walking on Mill Street, police report. Kimberly Vandermark, 23, of Wantage was ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A woman from Seaside is in custody after facing possession charges and more. Newton Police Officer Sgt. Michael Monaco stopped a black 2000 Jeep Cherokee on Saturday, May 26 around 12:51 a.m. for a loud exhaust, police report. The officer found one of its passengers, Jessica Stone, ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A woman from Landing is in custody, facing drug charges, after a traffic stop.  On May 26 around 12:10 a.m. Ptl. Jared Zappa stopped Jonathan Dsouza, 29 of Jersey City because he was weaving, no inspection sticker and a broke headlight, police said. The passenger in Dsouza’s blue Ford ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department is warning the community of a scam they are calling “Grandparent Scam.”  This is a phone scam that is affecting Sparta residents. According to police, scammers call elderly victims and tell them their grandchild is in trouble; injured or in danger.  The ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A random motor vehicle license plate check, yielded drug charges and more for an Augusta man, police report. Shane R. Hunsicker, 39 of Augusta was driving a 2006 Dodge Durango on East Clinton Street, Monday, May 21 around 8:16 p.m. when Ptl, John Flanagan conducted a “random motor ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Newton brothers Ryan and Daniel Devine are facing drug charges after an investigation by Newton Police Department and Sussex County Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force.  The duo were arrested on May 16 around 8:30 p.m. after law enforcement found they had distributed Heroin within the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man was taken for observation when he asked police to shoot him after having crashed his car down an embankment on County Road 517 near the Sparta Middle School.  On May 17 around 2:06 a.m. Sparta Police Officers Brian Porter and Timothy Lynott found Joshua Lindland of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two Wantage women face drug charges after the car they were in was stopped for a broken headlight on Route 15.  On May 5 around 2 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ben Griffin pulled over Alex Torres, 22, driving a white Honda Accord with two passengers, police say. The officer saw a metal ...

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NEWTON, NJ— A Newton man is in the Sussex County jail, facing weapons and assault charges. On Sunday, May 13 around 10:14 a.m. Newton Police went to the intersection of Moran Street and Spring Street on the report of a man with a gun, police report. Police said they saw a man matching the ...

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SPARTA, NJ - As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday Sparta Police Department has issued an update on road closures in Sparta.   Sparta Avenue remains closed near the Commons with detours and is not passable for tractor trailers.  JCP&L is currently on the scene. East Mountain Road remains closed ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Severe storms with wind, rain, thunder and lightening blew through Newton, taking down trees and knocking out power all over town. As of 10:28 p.m. JCP&L reports 1091 customers are without power equating to 28.37 percent.  Newton has two substations affected with 10 damaged ...

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