Police & Fire

May 28, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drunk driving charges after crossing into the opposite lane and crashing into a Vernon woman.  On May 26, around 7 p.m. Sparta officers went to the scene of the accident on West Shore Trail, police said. David Bauer, 59 had crashed his gray Ford Fusion into ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man is facing charges after having stolen a truck.  Police were alerted to reports of an erratic driver in the area of Spring Street around 10:54 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, police said. The officers found Christopher Rayfield, 48, on Water Street driving a maroon, Chevrolet ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Main Street will be closed between the Sparta Municipal Building and Glen Road from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8. According to the Sparta Police Department, the road will reopen each night to traffic. There will be signage and detours for the public.  ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Sunday afternoon, sirens could be heard as dozens of police, fire and ambulance vehicles complete with flashing lights, made their way past Tomasula’s house to pay tribute to him. Just hours later he lost his battle with cancer. The ninth chief of the Newton Police Department, ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man refusing to wear a mask in the Stop & Shop, coughing and spitting at employees and police, is in jail.  On April 15, Wadim Sakiewicz refused to leave when asked by a store employee according to the New Jersey Attorney General Grewal.  Sakiewicz became combative when ...

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SPARTA, NJ –To accommodate the Route 15 construction project, Main Street will be closed between the municipal building and Glen Road on Friday, March 27 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. according to the Sparta Police Department. On Monday, March 30 Main Street will be closed again from 7 a.m. through ...

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NEWTON, NJ- The Town of Newton Police Chief Robert Osborn announced coronavirus protocol the department will be following.  In an effort to keep the officers and other department employees healthy they will be doing as much as possible by phone. “The Newton Police Department  will continue to ...

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NEWTON, NJ—During the Town Council meeting on Monday, Steve Siek was sworn in as Newton Police Department’s newest patrolman. Siek, a lifelong resident of Sussex County, is a graduate of Wallkill Valley Regional High School’s class of 2013. He attended Stockton University where he graduated in ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Town Council honored retired Newton Police Officers during their meeting on Monday. Chief Michael Richards and Lieutenant Mark Zappa were presented with proclamations from the Town Council as well as shadow boxes made by Class II Officer Steve Moran, recognizing their ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Fords resident is facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Main Street. On February 14 around 9:30 p.m. Officer Steven Kneidl stopped Patricia Henry, 61 for a broken headlight, police said. When Kneidl spoke with the driver, the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  The car was ...

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NEWTON, NJ— During the first meeting in February, two officers were sworn into their new roles within the Newton Police Department; Lt. Steven Van Nieuwland and Sgt. Joseph D’Annibale. With the announcement of not only Chief Michael Richards retiring but also Lt. Mark Zappa, the police ...

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NEWTON, NJ – After nearly 37 years of service Newton Police Lieutenant Mark Zappa had his final walk out on Friday afternoon. Zappa’s ceremony was made special, having his son Jared be able to participate as a fellow officer. With many family members there to greet him as he walked the gauntlet ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – A Sparta man was picked up in a joint investigation spanning three counties on drug and weapons charges, according to a statement from the Morristown prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Morris County Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A traffic stop for an expired registration ended with drug charges for a Netcong man.  On January 26 around 9:51 p.m. Ptl Edward Sperling was stopped Alex Feltwater, 28, on Main Street, police said. When Sperling spoke with Feltwater, the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  A ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Wantage woman is facing charges after a traffic stop on Water Street.  On January 17 around 12:12 p.m. Officer John Flanagan stopped Sandra Canarte, 43, for an overdue inspection sticker, police said.  Canarte told Flanagan she did not have any identification with her and then gave ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton woman is facing drug charges after being picked up for a burglary.  On January 11, around 10 a.m. Newton Police Officers picked up Jamie O’Dea, 31 after being identified as a suspect in the theft of a laptop computer and cigarettes, police said. According to police, after ...

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NEWTON, NJ—With the announcement of not only Chief Michael Richards retiring but also Lt. Mark Zappa, the police department had several promotions from within the ranks for new leadership in 2020. It was a packed house for the annual re-organization meeting of the Newton Town Council at which ...

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SPARTA, NJ -At their annual luncheon at the Mohawk House, the Sussex County Police Chiefs' Association received a $2500 donation from Don Somma President and CEO of First Hope Bank.  The funds were raised for the Bocci and Brew event held earlier in the fall. Somma said he was aware many of the ...

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NEWTON, NJ- Newton Police Chief Michael Richards bid his final farewell to the department he has served for 30 years.    “That’s a lot of years driving to the same place,” Richards said.  Dressed for his new job as manager of the Sussex County Fair Grounds, Richards took his ceremonial ‘walk ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Police caught up with a wanted driver when they responded to a car accident at the Quick Chek on Sparta Avenue.  On December 11 around 10 a.m. Officer Thomas Herd was checking on the credentials of the two people involved in the accident and found Adrianne Smith, 35, had a warrant out ...

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NEWTON, NJ—With the retirement of Chief Michael Richards and Lt. Mark Zappa this year, Town Manager Thomas S. Russo Jr. announced promotions that will largely restructure the department.  Russo announced current Lt. Robert Osborn began acting provisional chief of police as of  Monday, December ...

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NEWTON, NJ - Newton Town Hall is open as a warming center until 4:30 p.m. today. Residents are welcome to charge devices, use wifi and share fellowship with your neighbors.  According to the Sparta Police Department the Red Cross will be providing meals at the following locations today from 5:30 ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton implemented a Smart 911 system, helping to give dispatchers information to help those who call 9-1-1 as fast as possible. “It is my understanding that we were the first and there may be others who are considering it or may have already started to implement it, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two road construction projects are scheduled for next week according to township officials.  On Monday, Davis Road is schedule to be paved.  On Tuesday, Old Prospect School Road is scheduled to be paved. Township officials advise there will be delays and recommend planning ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The East Mountain Road paving project is scheduled to continue on Monday, October 14, according to township officials.  Paving is expected to last the whole day.  Any questions should be directed to Sparta Department of Public Works at 973-729-6178.

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OGDENSBURG, NJ – Sparta officials have announced Route 517 will be closed to traffic in Ogdensburg from 8 p.m. Friday, October 11 until 6 a.m. Saturday, October 12.  The closure is for emergency repairs and is subject to weather conditions. According to the Sussex County Department of Public ...

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NEWTON, NJ – A fight over a woman in the County Park ended with a man in the hospital.  On September 30 around 7:17 p.m. Douglass Hill, 23 and Jonathan Figueroa, 24 each ended up with charges after police responded to the fight, police said. Hill of Sparta was cut in the left cheek by Newton ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A weaving driver, Jessica Strnatko, caught the attention of Officer Michael Poon or Woodport Road.  On September 25 around 11:45 p.m. Poon saw a red Jeep unable to stay in the lane, police said. Poon followed Strnatko onto Stanhope Road when the 35-year-old suddenly pulled onto the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Police Department has announced Route 15 will be closed in both directions from Thursday, September 26 at 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. Friday morning.  The closure will be between Houses Corner Road/Limecrest Road and Wilson Drive/White Lake Road. According to the map provided the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Following up on a call to Sparta Police Department dispatch, on September 20 around 10:30 p.m.  Officer Chris Favaro stopped an Andover man, Guillermo Silva 35 on Route 15.  Police had received a tip that a driver in a blue Ford F350 pickup could not stay in his lane, police ...

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