Police & Fire

May 10, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police.  Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who is missing. She is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male. Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates - UPF6043. He was seen in East Orange, NJ. The suspect is armed with a ...

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NEWTON, NJ — Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Newton is now publicly available as part of the new statewide “beta” test dashboard that debuted last week.   New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 use-of-force cases ...

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NEWTON, NJ-  The Newton Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying the person in a photo.  Department officials said they would like to talk with this person as part of an investigation into the theft of a school bus on March 29, 2021. Police are asking for anyone with ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department is asking for help from the community solving a mystery about a dead dog.  On March 30, around 1:35 p.m. officers responded to a wooden area on Oak Street for a report of a deceased dog. According to police, the dog was found partially buried in a shallow ...

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SPARTA, NJ – While the weather did not cooperate, members of the Sparta Police Department were outside the Sparta Stop and Shop on Sunday where they collected enough food to fill two vehicles and more than $640 in cash donations, according to Sergeant Frank Schomp.  “I am amazed at the number of ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Parents may be surprised by some of the new rules put in place by the marijuana law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Feb. 22, 2021.  The new law strips parents’ right to know if their child has been caught with pot or booze. The new law allows for possession of up to six ounces of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette woman is facing drunk driving charges after driving “all over the road.” On February 24 around 2:45 p.m. Cpl. David Pridham following up on a report of a red Volvo driving erratically, saw Danielle Enman, 33 veer to the right side of the road, grazing a snowbank, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man and a Paterson man used an Uber as an unsuccessful getaway car from their shoplifting expedition.  On Feb. 24 around 3:50 p.m. Cpl. Craig Grauerholz stopped Sparta resident Jonathan Barkorn, 36 and Jesus Morales, 29 of Paterson in the parking lot of a local supermarket, ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - Three law enforcement officers were honored by the 200 Club on Tuesday for exemplifying the best of local policing.  The pandemic made the event smaller but the heroics of the officers receiving the recognition were as large as ever. The organization represented by Trustees ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Stop and Shop had another shoplifting incident that required police.  On January 28 around 11:45 a.m. Sparta officer Michael Poon went to the store on the report that they had detained Maria Ross, 54 of Stockholm, police said for having taken $145.33 worth of ...

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SPARTA, NJ –A Connecticut man is under arrest marking the end of a burglary spree that stretched back to August 2020.  Victims of Patrick Ryan, 30 of Fairfield spread across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Sparta Police Det. Jeffery McCarrick, on behalf of the Sussex County Detectives ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton man who fired two shots at police as they tried to talk him out of committing suicide has been arrested.  Edwin Greene, 80 is facing a number of charges after his actions caused schools to be locked down and the injury of a Newton Police Officer.  Greene was transferred to ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton School District went into lockdown on Monday after the Newton Police received a call from a distraught, suicidal, elderly man. Despite shots fired at police no one was seriously injured. According to police, the Newton patrols received a call from a man who in the parking ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sussex County man is facing a number of charges after a traffic stop on Stanhope Road.  On January 18 around noon, Officer Brian Porter stopped Santyston resident Ian Schweizer, 38, police said. Porter made the stop because the white Chevy van did not have an inspection sticker ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Glen Spay, New York man is facing drunk driving charges after being stopped on Route 15 for weaving and speeding.  On January 10 around 9 p.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped Piotr Mikolajcak,52  for driving up to 76 MPH in a 55 MPH zone and not being able to stay in his lane, police ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man is facing a number of charges after being picked up in the Adams Street parking lot.  On December 29 Newton Police Officers found Matthey Peterov, 45 inside a truck with a broken window, police said. The officers had responded to report of a truck being burglarized, ...

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NEWTON, NJ—An Andover man is facing a number of charges after Newton police responded to a man wielding a tomahawk ax.  On Tuesday, December 29 around 8:41 p.m. officers went to the Adams Street parking lot to find Robert Cibula, 32, with the illegal weapon, police said. Police determined Cibula ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Nearly a year after Sparta Mayor Jerry Murphy moved to continue his litigation against Sparta Township Police Department, Judges Fasciale and Mayer dismissed Murphy’s appeal. They affirmed Judge David Weaver’s summary judgment and motion for reconsideration that found in favor of ...

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NEWTON, NJ- A Newton man was picked up on fraud charges before he could carry out his planned escape to Pakistan.  According to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, 30-year-old Azhar Sarwar Rana,  faced Judge James B. Clark III on Wednesday, charged with one count of bank fraud and one count of money ...

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NEWTON, NJ- Town of Newton officials announce Spring Street will be closed at midnight on December 18 for snow removal. It will be reopened once the snow has been cleared.

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police assisted the Sussex County Guns, Gang and Narcotics Task Force and the New Jersey State Police in an investigation that led to the arrest of Kevin Young, 33 and his fiancée Sparta High School chemistry teacher Ashley Markovic, 31 on a long list of weapon related ...

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SPARTA, NJ –No one was hurt when a Sparta woman was driving the wrong way on Route 15.  On November 21 around 10:30 p.m. police were called about a green Volkswagon driving north in the southbound lanes, police said.  After police got her to pull over, Caterina Alfieri, 36 told Police Officer ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man was picked up on new heroin  and crack related drug charges the same day he was released early under Governor Murphy’s sentence and parole reduction law, police said. On November 4, following a joint effort of Detectives from the Newton Police Department and the Sussex ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Three people are facing drug charges following a joint effort of Detectives from the Newton Police Department and the Sussex County Narcotics Task Force. According to Newton Police, the arrests made in a traffic stop on October 21 were the result of a cooperative narcotics ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Two men from Newark and one New York man are facing drug charges after being stopped on Route 15 for a cracked taillight.  On November 3 around 9 a.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped Newark resident Juan Reyes-Chavez, 27 in a black Honda Accord, police said. When Guido spoke with ...

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N EWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department held the swearing-in of Officer Garrett H. Armstrong, Badge #48 in an outdoor ceremony at Newton Town Hall. Precautions were in place as all in attendance wore masks and maintained social distancing, including the current officers of the Newton Police ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Boonton man and a woman from Lodi are facing drug charges and obstruction after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On October around 10:30 p.m. a white Toyota Corolla caught the attention of  Officer Michael Poon because it did not have a front license plate, police said.  When Poon ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton woman is facing charges after setting a fire at the Merriam Gateway residences. Police said Bali Johnson, 29, broke into an apartment, took things from the apartment and set it on fire.  On Wednesday, October 21 at approximately 4:08 a.m. Newton Police Department received a ...

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NEWTON, NJ—An Oak Ridge woman is facing drunk driving charges after a single-car accident on October 10. Around 2:46 a.m. Newton Police responded to the report of an accident with injuries in the area of High Street, near the Summit Avenue Pond, where they found Rebecca Dwyer, 26, police ...

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