Police & Fire

November 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – After hitting a guard rail a couple of times and veering into the grass median on Route 15 near White Lake, someone called the police to report the erratic driver.  On November 14 Cpl. Richard Smith stopped Michael Covell in a white Ford pickup, as the caller reported, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ -A Sussex woman is facing drug charges after police stopped her for not wearing her seatbelt.  On November 11, around 8:30 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino saw Jessica Craig driving her gold Honda on Route 15, police report. When the officer spoke to the 32-year-old driver he smelled marijuana ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette man is facing drunk driving charges after crashing into a tree off of Route 94. On October 27 around 2 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Scot Elig found Zachary Watts, 21 trying to start the black Ford Escort, police report. The Escort was 20 feet into the woods, head on into a tree and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges after getting stopped for weaving in her lane on Sparta Avenue.  Police Officer Erick Finley stopped Dina Romeo, 51 in a silver Nissan Rogue on October 28 around 1:30 a.m. police report.  Finley smelled alcohol when speaking ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Denville man was picked up on an ICE warrant after he crashed his pickup into a car that had stopped for a school bus unloading children.  On October 25, around 3 p.m. Cpl. Craig Grauerholz went to the accident on Glen Road, police report. When the Grauerholz investigated the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Staten Island New York man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop.  On October 26 around 1:45 p.m. Police Officer Brian Porter stopped Michael Ciro, 23, on Route 15 north, according to police. Porter stopped Ciro because the driver did not move to the left when he was passing ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman faces driving while intoxicated and drug charges after flipping her car on East Mountain Road.  On Tuesday, October 23 around 11 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Jonathan Poon found the passenger of the car sitting on the side of the road and while they were talking the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Department celebrated a promotion last week as they also said farewell to a retiring officer at the township council meeting on Tuesday.  After Detective Sergeant Keith Hannam’s retirement ceremony, Chief Neil Spidaletto called Jeffery McCarrick to the center of the ...

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SPARTA, NJ –The walls of the Sparta council chambers were lined by Sparta Police Officers in their dress uniforms, having been led in by two bagpipers. Family and friends filled the audience as Chief Neil Spidaletto led the retirement ceremony for Detective Sergeant Keith Hannam.  Hannam is ...

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SPARTA,  NJ-  Sparta police picked up several people with active warrants on October 20.     Police officer Thomas Herd saw a red Dodge Dart on Route 15 north with tinted front windows around 1:30 a.m.  Herd found the registered owner Frank Accettuli. 52 of Roselle had an outstanding warrant in ...

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SPARTA, NJ — A woman from Andover is facing charges for driving while intoxicated after police received a report of a black Mercedes Benz weaving. Police Officer Brian Porter found Ruth Hook, 45, driving on Main Street, police report. When Porter spoke with Hook he saw she had three juveniles in ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing charges of driving while intoxicated after a car accident near Station Road.  On September 30, Police Officer Arlene Lippencott found Michael Familant, 29 had rear ended the driver of a Ford SUV with his Subaru, police report. When speaking with Familant, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – No charges have been filed so far and no injuries reported in a car accident that resulted in a fire at the intersection of Newton Sparta Road and Pickneyville Road.  On October 18 around 7:50 a.m. Sparta Police Oficer Scott Elig arrived of a reported car accident to find a red Ford ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta police picked up a number of people on active warrants. On October 7 around 1:30 p.m. Officer Timothy Lynott stopped Daniel Aldea of Garfield because his silver Nissan Altima had an expired inspection sticker, police report. Aldea initially told Lynott his name was Ramon ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Three people were taken into custody for various drug charges on one traffic stop. On October 8 around 10 a.m. Police Officer Steven Guido stopped a white box truck on Route 15 north for a broken break light, police report. While speaking with the driver Richard Carranza, 38 of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Library hosted Coffee with a Cop last week.  About 20 community members took advantage of the opportunity to chat with Sparta police officers over a cup of coffee, some cookies and yes, donuts too. Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto said when Library Director David Costa ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drunk driving charges when Cpl. Richard Smith saw she was weaving on Sparta Avenue.  On October 6 around 12:43 a.m. the officer stopped Elizabeth Cardoso, 44 driving a black Jeep, not maintaining her lane, police report. Ehen Smith spoke with Cardoso he ...

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SPARTA, A Sparta woman has been arrested for driving while intoxicated after driving off the road, across the grass then hitting a mailbox, a telephone pole and another car before stopping.  On October 3 approximately 11 p.m. Officer Erick Finley when to the scene of the accident on West Mountain ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges after police got a call about a car idling in the road for more than an hour. On October 2 at approximately 11:45 p.m. Officer Steven Guido went to Radcliffe Drive to find Kathy Infurna, 51, in a white Audi half on the road and ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The hate crimes of a few, aimed at a Hampton Township family will be met by the support of a community at a candlelight vigil planned for Thursday evening at 6 p.m. on the green in Newton. The vigil called Love Wins is being organized by area clergy.  “A hate crime that happens ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges after a police officer saw her hit a curb while driving up Woodport Road.  On September 22 around 2 a.m. Officer Brian Porter watched as Pamela Schultz, 48, kept driving after hitting the curb in her grey Mercedes, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ — A Sparta woman is facing charges for driving while intoxicated after she was stopped for speeding on Sparta Avenue. According to police Alexa Fricchione, 24, was stopped by officer Erick Finley around 2 a.m. on September 29. When the Finley spoke with Fricchione the officer smelled ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sussex man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after being stopped for speeding.  A silver Toyota driving 92 MPH in a 55 MPH zone on Route 15 North caught the attention of Cpl. Craig Grauerholz on September 22, police report.  As Grauerholz was trying to pull him over, he ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A tip called into Sparta Police Department about an erratic driver led to the arrest of an Irvington man.  On September 23 around 6:45 p.m. Police Officer Steven Guido found Manuel Fernandez-Fernande asleep behind the wheel with the engine still running on West Mountain Road, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was stopped for speeding on Woodport Road ended up with a trip to the Sparta Police Department Headquarters on driving while intoxicated charges according to police.  On September 22 around 3 a.m. Police Officer Chris Favaro saw Matthew McEachern, 31 driving his red BMW ...

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SPARTA, NJ – No injuries were reported following an accident in the parking lot of the Liquor Factory.  On September 14 around 9 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Brian Porter went to the scene to find Sparta resident Margaret Laureys, 53, struck a GMC Envoy with her black Toyota Corolla, according to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man was picked up on open warrants following a traffic stop.  On September 7 around 10 a.m. Police Officer Brian Porter stopped Kaseem Harris, 29 for equipment violation on the blue Ford Pickup truck he was driving on East Mountain Road, police report. Porter found Harris ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated charges after being reported by other drivers about his erratic driving on Route 15 north.  On September 11 around 10:24 p.m. Police Officer Jonathan Poon found and stopped Saurabh Dubey, 39 in his white Honda, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Department advises Route 15 is NOW OPEN. It had been closed in both directions near mile marker 14 – the railroad tracks near the Bagel Station. According to Sparta Lt John Lamon a dump truck hit a telephone pole, pulling wires down.  The road has been closed since 5 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Department hosted an ice cream social on Friday night in the old Carl’s Auto Body building.  The facility and the Windy Brow ice cream was donated by Steve Scro of the Mohawk House. Police officers served ice cream, cooked hotdogs and hamburgers and provided some ...

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