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Police & Fire

June 23, 2022

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department welcomed a new officer at the Monday, June 13 town council meeting. Andover resident Niko Anthony Grello took his oath of office with family, friends, and fellow officers looking on. Grello, 26, is a lifelong resident of Andover. He is the son of Joseph ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Special Officer Daisy Negron took her oath of office with the Newton Police Department last Monday, at the town council meeting, With family, friends,and fellow officers looking on. Negron was born in Dover, raised in Wharton and attended Morris Hills High School as well as the Morris ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow officers, the Newton Police Department swore in their new patrolman during the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 13. Peter Vex is 30-years old and spent his early years living in the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany before moving to ...

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NEWARK,NJ — Newton resident Dimitrios Protogeropoulos, pleaded guilty to evading personal income taxes for failing to report all the income earned from his restaurant.  His plea comes with the requirement he pay back the $674,764 due on the undisclosed revenue as well as unpaid payroll taxes. On ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow officers, the Newton Police Department swore in their new patrolman during the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 13. Erik Soroka has been a Sussex County resident since he moved here from Bergen County with his parents when he was nine. He ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Surrounded by family, friends and fellow officers, Sergeant Joseph D’Annibale was promoted and sworn into Lieutenant during the Newton Town Council meeting on Monday, June 13. Lt. D’Annibale was born and raised in the town of Newton, a 2001 graduate of Newton High School and still ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta family is very grateful as their son is recovering from injuries after a dirt bike accident in the woods behind Angelo Drive on Friday evening, that required an airlift to the hospital. The young man had been unconscious for two hours before he regained consciousness to call ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The Town of Newton bid farewell to another police officer on Tuesday.  Sgt. Thomas Tosti retired after 25 years in law enforcement. “We’re going to miss Sgt. Thomas Tosti,” Chief Steven VanNieuwland said.  “He has been an asset to our department with years of experience with ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Montague woman is facing drunk driving charges after being stopped for speeding on Route 15 North.  On May 8 around 8 p.m. Officer Michael Poon saw Stacey Gilligan, 31 driving 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police said.  After stopping Gilligan, Poon suspected the driver had been ...

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NEWTON, NJ – It was a beautiful day for the final walk out for Police Lt. Scott King.  A crowd gathered at the back of the police station to witness King leave the building to enter into retirement.  His wife, sons Dan and Tom and his mother were there as he walked through the phalanx of ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Newton Police have a 19-year-old man in custody after another man was stabbed on the basketball court behind Lakeland School. On Sunday, May 22 around 3:48 a.m. a 22-year-old man was taken to Newton Medical Center where he was treated for a stab wound to  his abdomen, police ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The community is invited to enjoy Coffee with a Cop on Thursday at Hayek’s Market.  The officers will be available to chat beginning at 10 a.m. at the Mill Street shop. According to Newton Police Department the event is meant to “break down barriers between police officers and the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- An Hopatcong woman stopped for speeding on Woodport Road ended up charged with drunk driving.  On April 22 around 10 p.m. Kayla Curtis, 25 was driving 61 MPH in a 45 MPH zone on Woodport Road  when she was stopped by Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley, police said. When Finley ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Police found a Newton man in the Quik Chek parking lot after hit and run was reported to North Shore Terrace and Sparta Avenue.  On April 15 around 3:30 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Paul Wenzel  found Benjamin Johnson, 21 in a silver Toyota Camry with major front end damage, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Hamburg man is facing child pornography charges. An anonymous tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led Sparta police detectives to investigate 33-year-old Clark Cornwell, police said. After being interviewed, Cornwell admitted to having child possessing ...

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SPARTA, NJ – No one was injured in a house fire at 21 Golf View Terrace.  The fire was reported at 11:45 a.m. according to Sparta police.  Sparta's firefighters were assisted by fire companies from Ogdensburg and Andover.  Four or five trucks responded to the blaze. It took three to four hours ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police shared additional information about the accident involving a Byram Bus company school bus and a car on Wednesday afternoon.  According to Lt. John Lamon, the traffic bureau is continuing to investigate the accident that happened at the driveway of the Sussex County ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Early reports from Sparta Police about an accident involving a school bus and a passenger car are that two people treated for injuries but no students were injured.  On Wednesday around 3:15 p.m. there was a crash on Route 94 at the entrance to Sussex County Charter School with a Byram ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton Police Department Special Officer was uninjured after being assaulted while on duty as a crossing guard last week. On March 3, Special Officer Raul Couce was at the corner of Spring Street, Halsted Street and Sparta Avenue when Louis Selimi came up to him and punched him in the ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man pled guilty to theft before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C at the courthouse in Newton on March 2. Kevin O’Shea, 38 of Newton stealing money from Hampton Body Works while he was employed there from January 2019 to March 2020. O’Shea was represented by Thomas F.

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman has died and a Sparta man has been seriously injured in a car accident on Woodport Road/ Route 181 near Signal Hill Trail.  Police said, “At this time it is unknown what role alcohol may have played in this accident.” On January 30 around 5:30 p.m. Sparta Police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A water main break on Sparta Avenue near the Burger King has led to a partial road closure. Sparta Police report Route 181 /Woodport Road North at the intersection of Sparta Avenue and Main Street are closed for the repair. The southbound lanes remain open and traffic has been diverted ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The Town of Newton is looking for a new police officer.  The job posting notes applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, have a high school or equivalent certificate, possess a valid New Jersey Driver’s license and a be a citizen of the United States. Applicants must pass ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The dog attacked by the bear on Monday night died of its injuries, Sparta Police Department said.  New details have been released by police about the bear attack on Monday night.  "It was very unfortunate to learn a dog passed from the encounter with the bear,and we are grateful the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An 81-year-old woman has been taken to Newton Medical Center with injuries she sustained from a bear attack.  According to Sparta Police the woman who resides in the West Mountain area of Sparta had let her dog outside. When she heard the dog fighting she went out to try to separate ...

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SPARTA, NJ-  A Plainfield man with a warrant is now facing drunk driving charges.  On December 19 around 4 a.m. police were alerted to a possible drunk driver, on Route 15 south. Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped Delman Figueroa-Garcia, 28 in a black Dodge Ram pickup. Rubino had Figueroa-Garcia perform ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drunk driving and hit and run charges after being stopped for running through an intersection.  On December 23, around 7:30 p.m. Officer Andrew Spitzer stopped Margaret Vannieuwland, 53 when she did not stop at the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Glen Road, ...

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JEFFERSON, NJ- Beginning 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7 through Friday, December 10 drivers on Route 15will be affected by lane and shoulder closures in both directions north of the Weldon Road bridge.  The closure will be for work to be done by JCP&L according to an announcement by New Jersey ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department had the swearing in ceremony for Jordan Harvey during their bi-monthly Monday meeting on November 22. Surrounded by friends, family, the Town Council and officers in the Newton Police Department, Harvey took his Oath of Office at the beginning of the ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Hardyston Police and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s office are still investigating the accident killed a Newton resident and resulted in a drug arrest of a Sussex man on Thursday on Route 94, according to police. Newton resident, Fred Wilhelm, 56 was riding a motorcycle east on Route ...

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