Police & Fire

February 15, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Two men were sleeping on the shoulder on Route 15 south when Officer Brian Porter stopped to check on them.  On February 4 around 10:55 p.m. Richard Walko, 23 and Kevin Murray, 24 told the officer they were just tired from a day of hiking, so they stopped to take a nap, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – When the light turned green at the corner of Pinecone Lane and Woodport Road the grey Hyundai Tucson did not go.  Cpl. Mark Mastandrea checked on the driver, Robert Liga to make sure he was okay, police report. When the officer spoke with the 53 year-old Hopatcong resident, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop led to drug charges for a Jersey City woman on February 7 around 11:30 a.m. on Route 15 North. Officer Steven Guido stopped driver Curtis Evans because his Nissan Murano did not have a front license plate and tinted windows according to police. Guido smelled marijuana ...

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SPARTA, NJ –Police are asking the for the public’s help identifying a man who broke into a home on West Mountain Avenue.  The burglar’s image was caught on video as he approached and then was inside a home around 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, according to police. Anyone who can identify the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drunk driving charges after being reported missing.  On February 5 around 6 p.m. Sparta police were dispatched on a report that Michelle Krol, 27 was missing, police said. Krol had not shown up for an appointment in Newton, triggering the report of a missing ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A couple from New Brunswick are facing drug and alcohol charges after a traffic stop for not having a license plate.  On February 3 around 12:15 a.m. Officer Erick Finley stopped Gilberto Gonzalez-Gomez and the passenger Elizabeth Coto, 22, police report. When Finley spoke with the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two men were picked up on outstanding warrants after a traffic stop for a broken headlight.  On February 1 around 1:30 Steven Guido stopped a gray Jeep driven by Jason Vantassel, 34 of Sussex, police said. Guido found Vantassel to have a warrant out of Paterson.  The passenger ...

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SPARTA, NJ - A Lafayette resident has been charged in an altercation involving a police officer in the Sparta Police Department Headquarters.  On February 1 around 4:30 p.m. two people were exchanging family property in headquarters lobby when a scuffle broke out, police report. Officer Jonathan ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drunk driving charges after catching the attention of Officer Brian Porter for driving without her headlights on.  On January 30 around 1 a.m. Porter stopped Lorraine Aldrich, 44 on Main Street, police report. Porter saw Aldrich swerve, hit the curb and ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A number of people have inquired about how they can assist the Fossett family. Family friend Gina D'Annibale Sisco is collecting gift cards to help the family.  She asks that anyone wishing to donate message her on facebook.  No one was injured in the fire at 127 Old Prospect Road ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A New York resident is facing drug charges after getting stopped for speeding.  On January 23 around 2 a.m. Officer Erick Finley spotted a white Nissan Sentra speeding 74 MPH in a 55 MPH zone on Route 15 north, police said. When the Finley spoke to the driver and the passenger, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A woman from Hopatcong is facing drunk driving charges after police were called about a car that was weaving on Stanhope Road.  On January 26 around 7:40 p.m. Officer Michael Poon stopped Natasha Prochaska, 28 driving a gray Toyoto Yaris according police. When Poon spoke with ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Pennsylvania man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On January 23 around midnight, officer Phil Longo stopped Robert O’Connor of Hawley, Pennsylvania because the license plate light on the gold Crown Victoria was broken, police said. When Longo spoke with ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing charges for a hit and run accident in Morristown.  On January 24, officer Steven Guido went to Evan Aponte’s home to check for a white Lexus that had been in an accident in Morristown, police report. The 37 year old was in his driveway, looking at the damage ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two men from New York state are facing charges for having stolen a quad from a Sparta resident.  Christian Yeadon, 22 of Bloomingburg, and Steven Hasbrouck, 23, of Middletown were arrested following a traffic stop on December 23 by the Mount Hope Police Department, according to ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Ice on the roof and a broken lights were enough for Officer Thomas Herd to stop a grey Toyota Highlander on the Route 517 Bypass.  The traffic stop on January 22 around 7:30 p.m.  ended with drug charges for the Newton passenger, police report. When Herd spoke with the driver and ...

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SPARTA., NJ – No one was injured but a Vernon man ended up with drunk driving charges after an accident on Route 15.  On January 11 around 10:12 p.m. Sparta officers went to the scene of the accident police report. Officer Taylor May spoke with 45-year-old Brook Minondo who according to police, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man faces drunk driving charges after hitting a car in a parking lot and trying to leave the scene.  On January 4 around 8:32 p.m.  Officer Taylor May went to the Mohawk House after the accident was reported to police, according to police. May found 25 year old Eric ...

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SPARTA,  NJ – A Franklin man is facing a number of drunk driving charges after police were called about a car stopped in the road.  On December 31 around 8:22 p.m. Officer Chris Favaor went to Sparta Avenue near Pickneyville Road, police report. Favaro found Kenneth Budsynski stopped in his 2014 ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Marlton man was stopped for having a broken headlight and ended up with drug charges.  On December 30 around 10:30 p.m. Officer Michael Poon stopped Gojart Cami, 31 on Main Street, police report. When Poon spoke with the Lexus driver the officer smelled marijuana.  Poon searched ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Glen Gardner man with a suspended drivers license was picked up on outstanding warrants after a traffic stop on Lafayette Road.  On December 26 around 8:30 p.m. Officer Finley stopped Jose Ramos-Arevalo, 39 because his license plate was partially obstructed, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Montclair woman is facing drug and alcohol charges after a traffic stop on route 15 south.  On December 23, around 11:30 a.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped Deborah Santiago, 49 in a white Mazda SUV for a broken license plate light, police report. Guido smelled marijuana in the car ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Parsippany woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Centre Street.  Officer Michael Poon stopped Jennifer Haidinger, 39, in her Hyundai sedan for failing to signal her turn according to police. Poon smelled marijuana in the car when he spoke with Haidinger.  When her ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after a traffic stop.  On December 21 around 11:30 p.m. Officer Jonathan Poon saw Jonas Castellanos-Erazo spin out as he turned from Main Street onto Glen Road, police said. When Poon spoke with Castellanos-Erazo, the officer ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Several Sparta residents woke up to an unwanted Christmas surprise with a number of burglaries and a stolen car reported on December 25.  According to police a 2009 silver Lexus was taken from the driveway of a home on Woodlawn Road and other cars were burglarized. Four other cars ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Budd Lake man is facing drug charges after being stopped for an obstructed license plate.  On December 11 around 2:30 a.m. Officer Michael Poon stopped Ricardo Benitez-Henriquez, 29 driving on Stanhope Road, police report. Poon smelled marijuana when he spoke with ...

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SPARTA, NJ – a Sussex woman is facing drug charges after being stopped for a broken headlight.  On December 22 around 12:30 a.m. Officer Timothy Lynott stopped Lauren Reiff, 28 in a silver Hyundia SUV on Route 15 north, police report. When talking with Reiff, the officer saw a plastic bag of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two Sussex County residents were picked up after a license plate check showed a driver had a suspended license.  On December 16 around 8 p.m. Officer Arlene Lippencott ran the plate of a car driving on Route 15 North, police report. Lippencott found the registered owner Samantha ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Technology caught up with a wanted driver.  On December 8 around 3:30 p.m. Cpl. Rick Smith was monitoring traffic on Route 15 when he was alerted by the Automatic License Plate Reader or ALPR to a car with a suspended license, police said. Smith stopped the white BMW driven by ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The beards are all gone now but Sparta Police Officers went shaggy for No Shave November to raise money for cancer related causes. The Fraternal Order of Police donated $1300 to the Regional Cancer Care Associates in Sparta, honoring the recent passing of Matt Lanigan, according to ...

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