Police & Fire

Fire in Oak Ridge Auto Junk Yard

OAK RIDGE, NJ- A large fire at Sar's Auto Wreckers, auto junk yard off of School House Road in Oak Ridge is visible for miles.  No injuries have been reported.  Fire companies from Sparta, Roxbury, Riverdale and others are on the scene to assist Jefferson Township.  School House Road is closed.  Consider taking an alternate route if planning to travel through Oak Ridge in the area of Ridge Road near Ridge Field/Ralph Ackerson Field and Russia Road, School House Road and Weldon Road near Bowling Green. 

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Trump and the American Auto Industry

August 19, 2016

I worked via government in the Auto Industry.  In the 1970s, I was one of many state workers, who worked at the Ford Plant in Mahwah, in its closing days, and that closed plant has still left a legacy of pollution that has impacted many in Northern Bergen County. In the other two plants, I worked with my colleague Peter Nozza, an unusual asset for government and industry,  and his ...

Community Leaders and Program Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Next Steps for C.L.E.A.R Program

August 26, 2016

NEWTON, NJ-- The Center for Prevention and  Counseling held a meeting on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, at their offices in Newton to discuss the status of the Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program and to determine next steps to take in their effort to locally combat the opiate epidemic. 

Since its official launch on July 18, 2016, “seven residents were helped to enter a ...

Sparta Police: Fire at Sparta Tire, Damage but No Injuries

SPARTA, NJ – A fire broke out at Sparta Tire on Woodport Road in the afternoon on Thursday, August 25.  Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Police Department and Sparta Ambulance Squad all responded to the scene.  Police report that early indication is a car being worked on in one of the garage bays caught fire. 

The fire caused “extensive damage” to the ...

Elizabeth Man Flashes False ID, Faces Multiple Charges

SPARTA, NJ – An Elizabeth resident faces charges after falsely identifying himself as an Essex County Constable.  On August 21, just after noon, Juan Genao, 26, was pulled over by Sparta Police Officer Tom Snyder for “several equipment violations,” according to police.

While stopped on Tomahawk Trail, Genao showed Snyder a gold badge with a “poorly constructed ID ...

Sparta Police: Jefferson Man Crashes into Telephone Pole, Faces Several Charges

SPARTA, NJ - A Jefferson man faces multiple charges after crashing his car into a telephone pole.  Sparta police officers were called to the scene of the one car accident at 397 Main Street at 2:45 p.m.  on August 18.

They found Chase Wainstein, 21 of Jefferson, still in his car a 2013 Toyota Camry.  Cpl. Scott Elig spoke with Wainstein after he got out of his car and suspected ...

Route 15 Closed After 7 p.m. Friday, For Several Hours

Sparta, NJ—At approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, August 19, Rt. 15 was closed at mile marker 14, due to an accident that occurred earlier in the day, according to police.

A dump truck rolled into a pond needed to be removed. A detour was be set up diverting traffic around the area police reported..

According to Sparta Police, Route 15 northbound traffic had to be ...

Sparta Police: Driver and Passenger Charged in Route 15 Crash Involving Pregnant Woman

SPARTA, NJ - Charges have been filed in the accident that occurred on Route 15 on July 19 that led to injuries, including a pregnant woman.  Sparta police announced they have "issues charges against Joshua Buttacavole and the passenger of his vehicle Nicholas Baya."

The Lodi residents were in a 2005 Chevy that crossed from the northbound lane , rolled over in the grassy median ...

Freeholder Candidate Defends "Harebrained" Idea: A Casino in Roxbury

August 28, 2016

ROXBURY, NJ – One Roxbury official called it “harebrained” and his colleagues similarly scoffed, but Mitchell Horn truly believes it would be a good idea to build a casino on the former Hercules Powder Co. land in Roxbury.

Nobody really knows what lies beneath the surface of the 1,200-acre site, a place where Hercules made explosives for 125 years and is believed to have ...

Do you drive drowsy? Drowsy driving may cause up to 1 in 5 fatal accidents.

A report released last week from the Governors Highway Safety Association (an organization of state and territorial highway safety offices) estimates that up to 20% of fatal traffic accidents result from drowsy driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has added drowsy driving to its definition of impaired driving along with drunk, drugged and distracted ...

Welcome Back to School: Communication Guidelines, Safety Update

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Sparta School District Spotlight. The Sparta School District is pleased to provide this monthly article as another means of communication with our community. As summer draws to a close, we look forward to welcoming back our students and community to our five schools.

As shared last month, much preparation has gone into making each building ready for ...