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Sparta Police: Weaving Woman on Woodport Gets DWI

December 15, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Maine resident was charged with driving while intoxicated on Woodport Road.  On December 7 around 1:20 a.m. Cpl. Kurt Morris saw Stephane McCallum, 44, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine unable to stay in her lane, police report.

When Morris spoke with McCallum he smelled alcohol in the car.  McCallum said she drank earlier in the evening, police report.

The officer had ...

Sparta Police Department Warn Residents of Phone Scam Involving Their Phone Number

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department is warning resident about a phone scam involving the phone number of the Sparta Police Department, 973-729-6121.

According to police, the phone number 973-729-6121 is being spoofed.  When people answer the phone, thinking it is the Sparta Police Department, the callers often say they are from Social Security or investigators from the Sparta ...

Sparta Police: Speeding and Smell Ends with Drug Charges for Sparta Man

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drug related charges after a traffic stop on West Shore Trail.  On December 12 around 11:30 p.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped James Sokoloski, 23, for speeding; driving 33 MPH in a 25 MPH zone, police report.

When Porter spoke with Sokoloski the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  Sokoloski told Porter he ahd some marijuana and ...

Newton High-Rise Fire Injures Eight, Affects 13 Apartments

NEWTON, NJ—Fire truck sirens could be heard all around Newton Monday morning, around 7:16 a.m. when a fire erupted in an apartment in the high-rise building located on Mill Street. The fire sent eight to the hospital and left 13 residences uninhabitable.

Newton Police Department responded to the 9-1-1 call, which reported the visible fire coming out of windows of an apartment ...

Sparta Police: Speeding Stop Ends with Two in Custody

SPARTA, NJ – A driver and passenger were stopped for speeding on Route 15 and ended up in custody.  On December 9 around 3:30 p.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped Joseph Devalle, 27 of Jersey City for going 89 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police report.

When Guido spoke with Devalle, the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  Devalle told Guido he had smoked earlier in the day but there ...

Sparta Police: Wanted Passenger Charged After Giving False Name

SPARTA, NJ – A routine traffic stop ended with a Sussex man in custody.  On December 5 around 12:45 p.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped a black Hyundai Elantra on Route 15 north after seeing the passenger ashing his cigarette out of the car window, police report.

Neither the driver nor the passenger had identification but Guido was able to confirm the driver had a valid New York ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Resident Gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing charges for driving while intoxicated.  Police went to a Sparta residence after getting a report of a drunk woman, police report.

When officers arrived and spoke with the driver, Rebecca Krol, 25, they found she had been “highly intoxicated” when she drove to the home, police said.

Krol was not able to complete any field sobriety ...

Sparta Police: Noisy Party Ends with Drug Arrest

SPARTA. NJ — A Paterson man is facing drug charges after police were called about complaints of a loud party. On November 23 around 11 p.m. police went to area of the complaint on Log Cabin Terrace. Officer Erick Finley saw people sitting in a car outside the home, police report.

Finley saw a zip-lock bag of pot in the center console of the car. Harley Culwell, 20 was in the ...

Sparta Police: Suspended Sparta Man Tries to Hide

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man tried to avoid arrest by hiding his car behind the Sparta Lanes bowling alley.  On November 27 around 12:30 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino saw Darren McLaughlin, 46, driving a black Ford on Woodport Road with a broken tail light, police report.

Rubino turned around to stop McLaughlin.  The officer finally found the car behind the bowling alley and found ...

Home Explosion in Hardyston Felt in Sparta

HARDYSTON, NJ – A home in Hardyston was completely destroyed on Tuesday night. No one was home when the explosion and subsequent fire occurred at a home on Grumm Road, around 10:50 p.m. According to Hardyston Township Volunteer Fire Department there were no injuries or fatalities.

The explosion could be felt as far away as Sparta and Jefferson. Residents reported being woken up ...


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