Police & Fire

May 28, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drunk driving charges after crossing into the opposite lane and crashing into a Vernon woman.  On May 26, around 7 p.m. Sparta officers went to the scene of the accident on West Shore Trail, police said. David Bauer, 59 had crashed his gray Ford Fusion into ...

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SPARTA, NJ-  Sparta Police announce construction on West Shore Trail began on Wednesday, May 27.  The closure will run from South Shore Trail to Island Trail and will continue at least through Friday, May 29 or into next week if necessary. Police said residents who live between South Shore, the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In recognition for Police Appreciation Week, the township council had a proclamation in support of the local officers. Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith read the proclamation into the record. She said, in part, “The Township of Sparta has always been proud of their police department for ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Brothers visited Sparta Police Department on Tuesday.  They presented a Diecast model police car of the Sparta Police Cruiser with lights and custom decals to Lt. John Lamon. Nick and Roberto Vasquez met Lamon on the steps to give him the gift to “show our appreciation and thank the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta Police Officer is joking about having a second career.  Officer Brian Porter has “been so lucky” to have helped deliver a second baby in six weeks. “We learn this in the academy but some guys go 25 years without ever getting to deliver a baby,” Porter said.  “I’ve been lucky ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Fighting over a cell phone, one friend sliced the other friend’s arm.  On April 28 Police  Officer Michael Poon went to a home on report of a dispute with a weapon, police said. When Poon arrived he found Alessandro Dagostaro, 21 was said to have cut his friend with a Swiss army ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Main Street will be closed between the Sparta Municipal Building and Glen Road from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8. According to the Sparta Police Department, the road will reopen each night to traffic. There will be signage and detours for the public.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Police Chief Neil Spidaletto is cautioning residents that, despite and maybe because of the current state of emergency, scammers have been active.  While the scams are not new, the scammers, “seem to be even more bold now,” Spidaletto said. They are calling victims, often posing ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man refusing to wear a mask in the Stop & Shop, coughing and spitting at employees and police, is in jail.  On April 15, Wadim Sakiewicz refused to leave when asked by a store employee according to the New Jersey Attorney General Grewal.  Sakiewicz became combative when ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Montclair man is facing drunk driving charges after running over a fire hydrant. On April 14 around 8:45 p.m. Officer Erick Finley went to the scene of a one car accident on Lafayette Road, finding Michael Elchin II, 38, in a black Chevrolet pick up, police said. Elchin had scrapes ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A man from the Bronx, New York threw a cup out the window of the car he was riding in, catching the attention of Sparta Police Officer Chris Favaro.  On April 5, around 7 p.m. Favaro stopped a white Ford Explorer on Route 15, police said.  When Favaro approached the car, passenger ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The police have asked people in Sparta to refrain from doing “birthday brigades,” in keeping with the governor’s Executive Order 107 asking people to stay home.   As people are trying to make the best of the challenges of staying at home, isolated from friends and neighbors, they ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A man from Hazelton, Pennsylvania is facing drunk driving charges after crashing into a street sign and rolling into an embankment.  On March 31, Officer Brian Porter found Osei Long, 36, in a silver Kia Spectra off the side of Woodport Road near Signal Hill Trail, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Something joyful to talk about.  Sparta Police Officers Brian Porter, Chris Favaro and Cpl. Kurt Morris will be telling this story for a while.  They were called to the home of Lindsey Schlott and Brad Scheller on March 24 and ended up delivering a baby. Dylan Charlie Scheller was ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – A Sparta man was sentenced today to five years in state prison for his role in a drug distribution scheme dashed after a long-term police investigation that yielded drugs and $300,000 in proceeds, said authorities. It was the culmination of a case, led by Parsippany-Troy Hills ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Byram man tried to blame his accident on texting but ended up with a drunk driving charge.  On March 17 around 11:30 a.m. Officer Brian Porter responded to a call of an erratic driver on Route 15, police said. Porter found Austin Markferding, 21, on the side of the road in a blue ...

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SPARTA, NJ –To accommodate the Route 15 construction project, Main Street will be closed between the municipal building and Glen Road on Friday, March 27 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. according to the Sparta Police Department. On Monday, March 30 Main Street will be closed again from 7 a.m. through ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Police Chief Neil Spidaletto has asked any resident who is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus to let Sparta Dispatch know.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the symptoms of coronavirus are: Fever, Shortness of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop ended with drug charges for a Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania woman.  On March 8 around 11:50 p.m. Cpl. Richard Smith stopped Brieanne King, 28 driving a white Suzuki driving on Route 15 with a broken headlight, police said. When Smith talked with King he smelled marijuana ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A white Nissan Altima caught the attention of Officer Steven Guido because the license plates did not match the registration description.  On March 5 around 1:45 p.m. Guido stopped Staten Island, New York resident Christopher Cosa, 20, on Route 15, police said. When Guido spoke with ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An unlicensed Plainfield man was picked up for having warrants after being stopped for tailgating.  On February 29 around 8:20 p.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped Pablo Perez, 31 on Lafayette road, police said. Perez gave Porter his insurance and registration but could not produce a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing new charges after being stopped for a broken tail light.  On February 26 around 11:30 p.m. Cpl. Kurt Morris stopped Wadim Sakiewicz, 73 in a blue Volkswagen GTI, police said. Morris learned Sakiewicz had a suspended license and several active warrants out of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An expired inspection sticker on a red Subaru caught the attention of Officer Taylor May on Limecrest Road.  On February 20 around 8:15 a.m. May stopped Benedict Burroughs, 32 of Newark police said. May found that Burroughs’ license was suspended and he had two warrants out of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Mayor Jerry Murphy is continuing his litigation against Sparta Township Police Department. Last week Judge David Weaver denied Murphy's Motion to Reconsider his summary judgment against Murphy. Having lost this round, Murphy’s attorney George Daggett said he filed his appeal on Monday, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette man is facing shoplifting charges after stealing from Canna Campus.  On February 16 around 5:30 p.m. Officer Thomas Herd went to the store to follow up a report of a theft, police said. Herd saw the incident replayed on the store owner’s cellphone.  Herd picked up John ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Lake Hopatcong man is facing drunk driving charges after he was seen crossing over painted lines at the Blue Heron exit ramp from Route 15.  On February 11 around 9:15 p.m. David Langan, 54 was stopped by Officer Erick Finley, police said. When the officer spoke with Langan, Finley ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop for tailgating on Route 15 led to trouble for several people in the car.  On February 10 around 9:15 p.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped a tan Toyota with five occupants, police said. The driver, Liberty, New York resident Stephen Lyons, 30 admitted having a suspended ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newark man with 18 warrants was picked up in a traffic stop on Route 15.  On February 10 around 1:30 a.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped a speeding white Toyota with tinted windows driven by Tyrone Ellison, Jr., 32, police said.  When Herd checked Ellison’s license, the officer found ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A unlicensed Wantage man is facing a number of charges stemming from a traffic stop.  On February 8 around 8 p.m. Officer Matthew Pletcher stopped Anthony Castellano, 19 for a registration violation, police said. Pletcher asked Castellanos about the smell of marijuana in the car.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman was injured when she rolled her car near Stanhope Road and Hilltop Trail.  On February 3 around 11:30 Officer Erick Finley went to the scene of the accident to find Margaret Sweeny, 36 was trapped in her black Honda CR-V that was on its side, police said. The fire ...

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