Sussex County News

August 9, 2018

FRANKLIN, NJ – A former Newton resident was picked up on charges of theft after trying to deposit a check that had already been deposited.  According to Franklin Borough police, Terry Baughman, 27, took a check from a friend’s home in East Stroudburg, Pennsylvania and tried to deposit it into the ...

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JEFFERSON, NJ –A water main is scheduled to be replaced beginning on Tuesday, August 7 on Ridge Road, which is Glen Road in Sparta.  Sparta police warn motorists to expect delays especially during peak travel times.

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SPARTA, NJ- A group of nearly 30 Sparta High School Russian language students, teachers and chaperones gathered on the sidewalk of the school for a photo before departing on the first international field trip from the school district in two years. Students will travel to Russia for nine days of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Officers have picked up three people on outstanding warrants recently in unrelated traffic stops. On March 20, around 7:30 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley stopped 25-year-old Newark resident Crystal Dejesus for a broken tail light on her silver Toyota.  Finley ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A man from Bronx, New York was arrested on a myriad of charges stemming from his attempt to deliver a used car to Montague.  Jorge Villanueva caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley on Route 15 because his Nissan Pathfinder had a cracked taillight, police say. On ...

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SPARTA, NJ –As a show of unity and protest for the school shooting in Parkland Florida one month ago, a couple hundred Sparta High School students walked out of school, standing in silence for 17 minutes.  Each minute represented each of the students killed in the school shooting. Sparta ...

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BYRAM, NJ - The Byram Intermediate School has been recognized as a School to Watch.  The school is one of eight middle schools in New Jersey to receive the designation. "We are so proud of this group of educators who have created one of the most dynamic schools in the state of New Jersey," ...

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ANDOVER, NJ - What started out as a planned walkout by students to show their support for the Parkland victims ended in a civics lesson on the strength and compassion of a whole school community. Eighth grade students at Long Pond School were aware of a growing planned demonstration via social ...

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SPARTA, NJ - On Sunday, January 21, 2018 Scouts, parents and friends of Boy Scout Troop 150, along with members of the Sparta community, gathered at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to celebrate the eight of the Troop’s newest Eagle Scouts.  Buddy Al-Aydi, Tyler Holden, Andreas Oleinyk, Ben ...

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SPARTA, NJ - Students at Sparta High School had a visit from New Jersey Senator Steve Oroho last week.   Emily Scott’s Advanced Placement Government and Politics class were able to hear first hand what a state senator does on January 19. Oroho did a great job of explaining his job to us and the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township has a new judge, it’s official.  On Tuesday night at the regular township council meeting Paris Eliades was sworn in by retired Sussex County Superior Court Judge James Farber.  Eliades' wife Ginny was by his side to hold the bible while he took his oath.  Following ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Mohawk Avenue School students, staff and families participated in their annual Note in a Coat drive as part of their Mohawk Makes a Difference program. Having collected more than 150 coats of all sizes, “it has been another successful year,” Guidance Counselor Pam Fauerbach ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Alpine Elementary School students in Kristi Diklich’s classes had a special visitor on December 13.  Local author and illustrator Elizabeth Rodger stopped by to talk with the first and second grade children about writing. Rodger “took the students through the process of creating ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A fired employee has been charged with theft for selling her former employers property on ebay.  On November 11, 2016, the owner of Rise-n-Shine products reported the theft to the police, according to police.  Rise-N-Shine on Woodport Road sells vitamins and hair ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A man from Port Jervis, New York was arrested on drug charges after being stopped for a missing license plate.  On December 12 around 1:30 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Christopher Favaro stopped a silver Toyota Camry on Route 15, driven by David Formisano, 18, police report. Favaro ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township has been told to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better way to deal with the Glen Lake Dam special assessment.  On December 4, the ruling made Judge Stuart Minkowitz was received by the township attorney, Thomas Ryan of Laddey Clark and Ryan, LLP. The ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A group of Sparta High School students are offering Piggy Backs for $3 to raise money for a classmate battling cancer.  No, they are not carrying classmates around on their back, they are selling little rubber pigs that can be affixed to the back of cellphones to be used as a handle or ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A driver from Lake Hopatcong caught the attention of Sparta police when he nearly ran into a guardrail and rock wall, on November 10 around 6 p.m.  Sparta Police Officer Scott Elig stopped a green Toyota Tacoma driven by Vernon Rolstad on Glen Road, police say. When Elig spoke with ...

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SPARTA, NJ – More than 21 months after his arrest for Driving While Intoxicated, Sparta Township Councilman Jerry Murphy’s court proceedings drag on. The matter was moved to Hopatcong a few months after the arrest.  According to Hopatcong Municipal Court Administrator Erin Geiger the court ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An Andover man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop for a broken headlight.  On November 11 around 11:30 a.m. Sparta Police Cpl. Kurt Morris saw a white Acura driving on Woodport Road, police say. When speaking with the driver, Yosiff Hafez, 35, the officer smelled marijuana ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It was a busy night at the Sparta Township Council meeting last month. Mayor Gil Gibbs presented a number of proclamations including one to commemorate the significant anniversary of local business, Hilltop Country Day School.  The Hilltop Country Day School was recognized for 50 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Detectives have solved a burglary that took place on July 13, 2017 with an Elmwood Park man now facing charges.  Police say Sparta homeowners came back from vacation to find their bedrooms had been ransacked and jewelry was missing. Sparta Detective Hassloch’s ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man who fell asleep at a traffic light on Sparta Avenue, caught the attention of Sparta police, ended up facing drug charges.  On October 26 at 12:15 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder saw Christopher Mattessich’s car did not move when the red light changed to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – As is the tradition in Sparta, a large crowd packed the council chambers on Tuesday night as two Sparta police officers received promotions.  Escorted into the room by their fellow officers in dress uniform, with a bagpiper Officer Korger from Morris County Pipes and Drums leading the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Part reunion, part celebration the banquet room at Skyview gold club was overflowing with smiles, laughter, hugs and handshakes at the induction ceremony for the first class of Sparta High School Athletic Hall of Fame. On Thursday night fifteen athletes, coaches and teams were ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A new law office Fraser Cerra, has opened their doors in Sparta.  With family and friends gathered the Lauren Fraser and Janine Cerra cut the ribbon signifying the opening of their firm on Woodport Road. The two women said they "are excited because we are a different law firm, we ...

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SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School alumnus recently graduated from boot camp at the Marine Corp Recruiting Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina.  Nicholas Macierowski completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training on August 18. Macierowski earned the title Expert Marksman and was an artist for ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Pennsylvania man, stopped for speeding on Route 15, is facing drug charges.  Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley clocked Phillip Wilson going 73 mph in a 55 mph zone on August 26 at 2:30 p.m. police report. When Finley spoke with the 36-year-old East Stroudsburg man the officer ...

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SPARTA, NJ –The driver involved in a one car accident on Route 15 is facing multiple drug charges.  On August 10, Sparta Cpl. Frank Schomp and Cpl. Joseph Antonello went to investigate a crash reported in the area of Wilson Drive.  They found Tomas Molina had crashed his minivan into a utility ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Board of Education is planning to construct a turf field on the campus of Sparta High School, using money from the Capital account of the board’s budget, according to Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi.  At the August board of education meeting, board member Michael McGovern asked ...

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