Police & Fire

December 15, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—A Franklin Man is facing multiple drug offenses after a routine stop for an expired license resulted in a drug paraphernalia being found. On Thursday, December 13, Ptl. Edward Sperling conducted a routine stop on Park Place around 9:12 p.m., when he stopped a 2010 Honda Civic for an ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drug related charges after a traffic stop on West Shore Trail.  On December 12 around 11:30 p.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped James Sokoloski, 23, for speeding; driving 33 MPH in a 25 MPH zone, police report. When Porter spoke with Sokoloski the officer ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department is warning resident about a phone scam involving the phone number of the Sparta Police Department, 973-729-6121. According to police, the phone number 973-729-6121 is being spoofed.  When people answer the phone, thinking it is the Sparta Police ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Fire truck sirens could be heard all around Newton this morning, around 7:16 a.m. when a fire erupted in an apartment in the high-rise building located on Mill Street. The fire sent eight to the hospital and left 13 residences uninhabitable. Newton Police Department responded to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A driver and passenger were stopped for speeding on Route 15 and ended up in custody.  On December 9 around 3:30 p.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped Joseph Devalle, 27 of Jersey City for going 89 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police report. When Guido spoke with Devalle, the officer smelled ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A routine traffic stop ended with a Sussex man in custody.  On December 5 around 12:45 p.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped a black Hyundai Elantra on Route 15 north after seeing the passenger ashing his cigarette out of the car window, police report. Neither the driver nor the ...

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Lafayette, NJ—  The Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department announced two new recruits who have completed their training; Firefighter Logan Drake and Junior Firefighter, Jonathan Syre. Drake was among the recent graduates from the Sussex County Fire Academy on November 17.  He spent ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing charges for driving while intoxicated.  Police went to a Sparta residence after getting a report of a drunk woman, police report. When officers arrived and spoke with the driver, Rebecca Krol, 25, they found she had been “highly intoxicated” when she drove ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The Newton Town Council renewed and extended Police Chief Michael Richards contract at the November 26 meeting.  The new agreement extends the employment contract to December 31, 2022.  The current agreement was due to expire on December 31, 2019. In the resolution addressing the ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Approximately 600 JCP&L customers were left without power for a few hours earlier this month, when a drunk man from New York took down a utility pole in Newton.   On Saturday, November 10 around 4:27 a.m., Newton Police responded to a report of a car had hit a utility pole in the ...

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HARDYSTON, NJ – A home in Hardyston was completely destroyed on Tuesday night. No one was home when the explosion and subsequent fire occurred at a home on Grumm Road, around 10:50 p.m. According to Hardyston Township Volunteer Fire Department there were no injuries or fatalities. The explosion ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An Allamuchy woman with a baby in the car was arrested on drug related charges after police were called about an erratic driver.  On November 15 around 12:30 p.m. Police Officer Thomas Herd found the reported black Acura on Limecrest Road heading to Route 15 police report. When the ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ - Multiple units responded to a residence on Powder Mill Road for a burglary in progress. Detective Sergeant T. Lesiak was the first to arrive on scene and began to gather information from the victim. As Patrol Officer G. Tosh approached the scene, he was flagged down by a Verizon ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two men are facing drug charges after police were alerted to erratic driving by a Sussex man.  On November 20 around noon Sparta police officers found the white Chevrolet Malibu reported to them in the Quik Chek parking lot at the intersection of Route 15 and Sunset Inn Road, police ...

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NEWTON, NJ – New York residents are facing drug charges after a traffic stop for a broken headlight.  On November 20 around 10:39 p.m. Pt. Mahir Kaylani stopped Thomas Stile, 30, in a Subaru Legacy on High Street, police said. The officer found that both Stile and the passenger, Brittany Brock, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – After hitting a guard rail a couple of times and veering into the grass median on Route 15 near White Lake, someone called the police to report the erratic driver.  On November 14 Cpl. Richard Smith stopped Michael Covell in a white Ford pickup, as the caller reported, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ -A Sussex woman is facing drug charges after police stopped her for not wearing her seatbelt.  On November 11, around 8:30 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino saw Jessica Craig driving her gold Honda on Route 15, police report. When the officer spoke to the 32-year-old driver he smelled marijuana ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette man is facing drunk driving charges after crashing into a tree off of Route 94. On October 27 around 2 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Scot Elig found Zachary Watts, 21 trying to start the black Ford Escort, police report. The Escort was 20 feet into the woods, head on into a tree and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges after getting stopped for weaving in her lane on Sparta Avenue.  Police Officer Erick Finley stopped Dina Romeo, 51 in a silver Nissan Rogue on October 28 around 1:30 a.m. police report.  Finley smelled alcohol when speaking ...

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NEWTON, NJ—  Four people are facing drug charges after a joint an investigation by the Newton Police Department with the Sussex County Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force. On Tuesday, October 30, around 7:45 p.m. Michael Black, 39 of Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania was stopped with three passengers ...

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NEWTON, NJ – A Newton woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop.  On Sunday, October 28, around 10 a.m. Plt Jared Zappa stopped Denise Chamblis, 61 for having an obstructed windshield and license plate, police report. Chambliss was found to have four bags of crack cocaine, a suboxone ...

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NEWTON, NJ -  A Layton man is facing drug charges after being stopped for speeding on Main Street.  On Friday, October 26, around 9 p.m. Police Officer Donald Meisinger stopped Richard Samartin, 30, police said. When the officer searched the car, he found the Meisinger had less than 50 grams of ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton woman was hit by a car while crossing Mill Street. Isabel Chub, 35, refused medical treatment after being hit by Francis Jennings, 62 on Monday, October 15 according to police. The officers responded to the intersection of Mill Street and Water Street to find Jennings of ...

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NEWTON, NJ— Three Newton residents were arrested on Saturday, October 6 when Newton Police received two different reports for the same apartment. Around 12:32 a.m., Newton Police Department were at 33 Mill Street to pick up Douglas Hill, police report. Hill, 22, had an NCIC warrant out of Warren ...

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NEWTON, NJ — Four homeless people were taken into custody for having broken into a vacant home on Palmer Street. On September 21 around 10:38 a.m. Newton Police department responded to a report of an open door at the home according to police. Officers saw the basement door was open when they ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The hate crimes of a few, aimed at a Hampton Township family will be met by the support of a community at a candlelight vigil planned for Thursday evening at 6 p.m. on the green in Newton. The vigil called Love Wins is being organized by area clergy.  “A hate crime that happens ...

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NEWTON, NJ—An Andover man faces a number of charges after he crashed his car on Lenape Avenue.  On September 17 around 4 a.m. Newton Police Department received a report of a car accident on Swartswood Road, police report. Police arrive to find Timothy Plumb, 29, had struck a utility pole, speed ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man is in custody charged with a number of car burglaries on the nights of August 28 and 29. Newton Police Department picked up Hasdrede Kengne, 20, around 10:30 a.m. for the thefts, police report. According to police, the thefts occurred mostly in the area of Madison Street, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man was picked up on open warrants following a traffic stop.  On September 7 around 10 a.m. Police Officer Brian Porter stopped Kaseem Harris, 29 for equipment violation on the blue Ford Pickup truck he was driving on East Mountain Road, police report. Porter found Harris ...

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NEWTON, NJ –Franklin man faces drug charges having been found driving erratically on Thursday, September 6.  Around 1:55 p.m. Newton police got a report of a driver in trouble in the Rite Aid parking lot, according to police.  Newton Police Department got a second report that the car was leaving ...

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