Sussex County News


Sparta Police: Very Wanted Man Snagged in Traffic Stop

February 13, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – A Newark man with 18 warrants was picked up in a traffic stop on Route 15.  On February 10 around 1:30 a.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped a speeding white Toyota with tinted windows driven by Tyrone Ellison, Jr., 32, police said. 

When Herd checked Ellison’s license, the officer found Ellison had 17 outstanding warrants in Newark and one in Elizabeth.  He ...

Sparta's Alpine Trail to be Closed for About a Week

SPARTA, NJ – Alpine Train will be closed beginning February 4 as JCP&L works to trim and remove trees, according to the Sparta Police Department.  Tuesday afternoon they will be working on Alpine Trail between South Shore Trail and Shawnee Trail, according to the announcement.

The work will progress from the intersection of South Shore Trail toward Summit Trail and beyond, ...

Sparta Mayor's DWI Attorney Claims Conspiracy Theories

NEWTON, NJ – The latest step in Sparta Mayor Jerry Murphy’s litigation against Sparta Police Department when forward on Wednesday.  Hon. David Weaver heard oral arguments in Murphy’s Motion for Reconsideration in the old courthouse building from Murphy’s attorney George Daggett and Ashley Malandre representing Sparta.

Daggett said this case has “national ...

Sparta's German Christmas Market Future in Question

SPARTA, NJ – Word has spread quickly.  The German Christmas Market will not be held on the Lake Mohawk Country Club boardwalk and grounds in 2020 according to announcements by LMCC officials.  Questions linger about whether or not the successful holiday event will reach it’s 20 anniversary.

On Monday, January 20 a letter was sent to members of the LMCC from the Board ...

Sparta Mayor Suing Sparta Township, Court Documents Show

SPARTA, NJ – The new mayor of Sparta is currently in litigation with the township.  Jerard Murphy took his oath of office on Tuesday, January 7 one day after his attorney George Daggett made the most recent filing in the matter of Murphy v Sparta Township Police Department, et al.

The two council members who voted for Murphy to become mayor said they did not know about the ongoing ...

Sparta Poilce: DWI After Domestic Dispute

SPARTA, NJ – A Landing woman was picked up for drunk driving in Sparta after being involved in a domestic dispute in Ogdensburg.  On December 16 around midnight Officer Arlene Lippencott stopped Wendy Mittelstadt, 35 at the Sparta Junction, police said.

Sparta police were on the look out for the silver Hyundai Elantra after the incident in Ogdensburg.  When Lippencott spoke ...

Sparta Police's Bedding Drive for Benny's Bodega, Covers for Sussex County Children

SPARTA, NJ-  The Sparta Police Department joined the “We’ve Got Your Covered,” campaign collecting new sheets and blankets for Benny’s Bodega.  On Wednesday, some of the police families who participated gathered to hand off the collection to Benjamin Davey.

Chief Neil Spidaletto, Officer Brian Porter, Officer Dan Elig, Det. Sgt. Jeff McCarrick, Det. Brian ...

More Ethics Charges for Sparta Board of Education Members

SPARTA, NJ – Additional ethics complaints have been filed against Sparta Board of Education members.  Twenty four Sparta residents signed the newest complaint against five board members for their role in the early contract renewal of Superintendent Michael Rossi.

Former board of education member and retired teacher and former president of the Sparta Education Association Melva ...

Sparta Police Collecting Blankets and Sheets

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department is participating in We’ve Got You Covered, an initiative to collect new sheet sets and blankets for local families in need in Sussex County. 

They can be dropped off at the Sparta Police Department from December 1 through December 8 and 5 West Shore Trail on December 7 from 5 until 8 p.m.

The collection will be brought to ...

Sparta VFW to Begin Christmas Tree Sale

SPARTA, NJ – It is almost that time of year.  Christmas trees will be arriving at the Sparta VFW on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 a.m.

Trees will be available for purchase Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. They can also be purchased on Friday afternoons beginning next week according to Commander Pete Litchfield.

The money raised from the sales of the trees go to the ...


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Sparta Police: Sparta Man Charged with DWI After Crash

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 Maria Oliveira.  Oliveira had two passengers in her black Mazda CX, a 76-year-old ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Why Summer 2020 Is THE Real Estate Season!

Why This Summer Is the 2020 Real Estate Season


With stay-at-home orders starting to gradually lift throughout parts of the country, data indicates homebuyers are jumping back into the market. After many families put their plans on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what we once called the busy spring real estate season is shifting into the summer. In 2020, ...

Correcting a tax return will soon be easier -

May 29, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service  announced today that later this summer taxpayers will for the first time be able to file their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return, electronically using available tax software products.

Making the 1040-X an electronically filed form has been a goal of the IRS for a number of years. It’s also been an ongoing request from the ...

The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 13, 2020 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ -  The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 13, 2020 meeting video.


Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...