Sparta Police: Son Gets a Conscience, Faces Drug Charges

December 13, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – When a father and son stopped for traffic violations it first appeared the father would be in trouble but in the end it was the son who ended up under arrest.  On December 5 around 11:15 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino saw a Honda driving with the windshield wipers on but not the headlights, police report.

When Rubino spoke with the driver John Maziot, the officer smelled alcohol ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man's Toke Break Leads to Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drug charges having been found smoking in the parking lot of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  On November 11 around 11 p.m. Cpl. Joseph Anotnello and Police Officer Steven Guido were patrolling on the boardwalk when they smelled marijuana, according to police. 

The officers saw four people in the lower level parking lot appearing to be smoking ...

Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Yields Hundreds of Empty Heroin Packets

SPARTA, NJ – A Long Valley resident was found to have hundreds of empty wax packets used to hold heroin when he was stopped for having an expired inspection sticker.  Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped a gray Honda Accord on December 4 around 9:50 a.m. on Route 15, police report.

When Snyder went to speak with Daniel Gaeta, 30, the driver told the officer he was being ...

Sparta Police: Vernon Man Hits a Curb, Gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Vernon man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he hit a curb and disabled his Jeep.  On November 30 around 11;20 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ericks Finley found the Robert Houdershieldt, 44, sitting in his Grand Cherokee on the Route 15 southbound ramp, police say.

When Finley spoke with the driver, Houdershieldt told the officer he was on the phone ...

Sparta Police: Wanted Orange Man Picked Up After Driving Erratically

SPARTA, NJ – An Orange resident is in custody on outstanding warrants and other charges after getting stopped by Sparta police on Woodport Road.  On November 21 around 1:40 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped an Audi driven by Damani Weekes, police say.

According to police Weekes was driving erratically, crossing over the yellow line several times.  When Snyder ...

Sparta Police: Man Riding in Speeding Car Arrested for Drugs

SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man has been arrested on drug charges after the car in which he was riding was stopped for speeding.  On November 24 around 6:30 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley stopped a black Nissan Maxima for going 77 in a 55 MPH zone, police report.

There were five people in the car when it was stopped.  Finley smelled marijuana when he spoke with the ...

Sparta Police: Broken Light Leads to Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A 25-year-old from Montague is facing drug charges after getting stopped for a broken license plate light.  Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd pulled over Tyler Roche on November 14 around 11:30 p.m. because the light was out on his silver Chrysler, police report.

When Herd approached Roche the officer saw the driver take something out of his pocket and put it in the ...

Sparta Police: Designated Driver Charged with DWI, Passenger Charged Too

SPARTA, NJ – A designated driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated after catching the attention of Sparta police with an illegal lane change.  On November 11 around 2 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Joseph Antonello saw Kelly Stager, 38, cross two lanes on Woodport Road to make a left turn onto Pine Cone Lane, police say.

When Stager pulled over Antonello saw the front seat passenger ...

Sparta Police: East Orange Duo Picked Up On Warrants

SPARTA, NJ – A man from East Orange was picked up on outstanding warrants after a traffic stop for a broken windshield.  Sparta Police Officer Daniel Elig stopped Steffan Haynes, 31, on November 26 around 11:20 a.m. because of the windshield, police report.

When Elig reviewed Haynes identification and that of the passenger Stephanie Lasso, 26, also of East Orange, the officer was ...

Sparta Police: Newton Woman Dies in Head On Collision on Newton Sparta Road

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman died in a head-on collision on Newton-Sparta road early Tuesday morning.  Sparta police are still investigating what caused Andover resident Sean Hubbard to cross the double yellow lines just west of Pickneyville Road according to Lt. John Lamon.

Hubbard, 33, was traveling in the eastbound lane in a white Nissan Altima around 7 a.m. when he drove into the ...

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Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign

December 10, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Law enforcement officials from Sparta Twp. will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get \Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 8, 2017 and continuing through January 1, 2018, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and Sobriety checkpoints ...