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Sparta Police: Misplaced Bike Rack Leads to Drug Arrest

October 18, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Two people are facing drug charges after being stopped because their bike carrier blocked the car’s rear license plate.  According to police Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped Orest Kalni, 27 on October 13 around 11 a.m.

When Rubino approached Kalni the officer smelled raw marijuana in the car.  Kalni of Woodbridge and the passenger Olga Shevchuk, 27, of Brooklyn, NY ...

Sparta Police: Over Weight Truck Driver Facing Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A box truck drive is facing drug charges after being stopped on White Lake Road. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido stopped Kyon Handcock on October 12 around 9:30 a.m. because the truck was oversized for the four ton weight limit, police say.

When Guido spoke with the 35-year-old Maplewood man the officer smelled marijuana.  Cpl. Rubino arrived to provide assistance as ...

Sparta Man Faces Drug Charges, Police Say

SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop ended with drug charges for a Sparta man.  On October 4 at 9:13 p.m. Police Officer Erick Finley stopped Nicholas Ryan for not having lights on the front or back license plate, according to police.

When Finley spoke with the 20-year-old the officer smelled marijuana.  Finley got assistance from Sparta Cpl. Schomp and Police Officer Guido as he ...

Sparta Police Make Arrest in Home Burglary

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 investigation led him to a Cash-For-Gold shop in Clifton had some of the stolen ...

Sparta Police: Vernon Man's Erratic Driving Ends with Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Vernon man is facing drug charges after being stopped for erratic driving.  ON September 29 around 11:50 p.m. Sparta Cpl. Joseph Antonello stopped Brian Deritter, 23 for failing to stay in his lane on Route 15, police say.

Sparta Cpl. Schomp and Police Officer Guido arrived to assist as Antonello spoke with Deritter.  Antonello smelled marijuana in the car.  ...

Sparta Police Pick Up Three with Outstanding Warrants

SPARTA, NJ –In the past few weeks Sparta police have arrested several people with outstanding warrants.  On September 27 around 10 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd stopped a car because of a non-compliant license plate cover. The driver Raymond Riddick, 37, of Newark was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license.  Herd also found Riddick to have an outstanding ...

Sparta Police: Handyman Accused of Stealing Art Worth $239K

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta homeowner had $239,000 in artwork stolen by a handyman, while they were away in July.  The homeowners had hired 64 year-old Francesco Bove to clean up and repair pipes that had burst, police say.

Bove, a Brooklyn resident, stole the artwork including a comic book collection and then travelled to Italy, police report.

The homeowner was alerted to the theft ...

Wanted Motorcycle Man Eludes Sparta Police

SPARTA, NJ – A motorcycle driver is wanted on several charges after eluding Sparta Police Officers on September 26 around 10:51 a.m.  Sparta Cpl. Rick Smith was driving behind the Connecticut man on White Lake Road when the motorcycle sped up for no apparent reason, police report.

The motorcycle crossed the yellow lines to pass another car.  The motorcycle passed Sparta Cpl.

Sparta and Area Schools, Police Deal with Social Media Generated Threat

SPARTA, NJ – A photo posted on social media has led to heightened concerns about safety in a number of area towns.  A student from High Point High School had posted a photo of himself with a gun pointed at his head, mocking a suicide threat, according to Sparta Police Lt. John Lamon.

The photo was posted following recent suicides of a Newton High School student and two High ...

Sparta Police: Lost Driver Charged with DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Dover woman is charged with driving while intoxicated after a Sparta Police Officer saw her stopped in the left lane of Blue Heron Drive and then drive into the dead end of the Laddey, Clark and Ryan building on October 1 around 10:20 p.m. according to police.

Officer Thomas Snyder followed Ailsa Demendoza, 30, as she turned around and got onto Route 15 north.  ...

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