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Police & Fire

September 22, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – As home security cameras become more ubiquitous, police are asking residents to share information about their home surveillance equipment to “assist in future investigations and help protect the community,” according to the Sparta Police Department. “What this does is allow ...

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SPARTA, NJ –  A North Began man narrowly missed hitting two Sparta Police officers while speeding away from a third officer before crashing his car into a tree. On September 1 around 10:30 p.m. Christopher Morales, 43, was seen driving erratically in a silver Kia Forte on Sparta Avenue, Sparta Lt.

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SPARTA, NJ- When Sparta Police Officer Andrew Spitzer followed up on a report of an unoccupied car stopped on the side of the road on Main Street with the motor running, he found Agoro Oluwadami, 49 sleeping on the front seat, police said. Spitzer suspected the Gallion, Alabama resident had been ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  Sparta Police Cpl. Lippencott found Brett Lewis, 45 apparently sleeping  in his car when she was following up on a report of an erratic driver.  On August 27 around 6:15 p.m. the officer knocked on the window of the tan Pontiac on the shoulder of Route 15 near the Blue Heron exit, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will be continuing in Sparta through the Labor Day weekend.  The campaign sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation provides grand funding to support extra patrols during the holidays, to focus on law enforcement ...

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SPARTA, NJ –A black Chevrolet on Route 15 north with a broken headlight caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Mike Poon.  On August 18 around 1:15 a.m. Poon stopped Michael Colvin, 31 after checking the registration and finding the owner’s license was expired, police said. Poon suspected ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman driving black Jeep was weaving on Route 517 south and got pulled over on August 18.  Around 10:59 p.m. Officer Andrew Spitzer stopped Ali Elnasser, 54, police said. Spitzer suspected Elnasser had been drinking and asked him to perform field sobriety tests.  He was ...

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SPARTA, NJ – No one was injured when a truck pulling an excavator flipped over in the parking lot of Mavis Tire.  On August 23 around 9 p.m. Luciano Viera Dos Santos, 28 of North Arlington was driving down Glen Road toward Main Street when Dos Santos said his brakes failed, according to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The final day of Junior Police Academy culminated in a graduation ceremony for the 50 participants.  They had another chance to run the obstacle course, a visit from Airforce K9 and few other activities before the closing ceremony. “I am very proud of the many officers from our ...

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SPARTA, NJ – What started out as a botched attempt to steal a car out of a driveway ended with a chase, a crash and two Newark men under arrest.  On August 17 around 7:15 a.m. Sparta dispatch got a call from a resident reporting someone had tried to break into the cars in his driveway, according to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It was only a drill.  Members of the Sparta Township Fire Department and Sparta Ambulance Squad used their monthly training session to work on “Low Angle Rescue” using the steep and challenging terrain of the Glen. The three-hour training included three members of the fire ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman is facing drunk driving charges after being pulled over for driving her Hyundai Tuscon too closely to the car in front of her on July 30.  Around 3:30 a.m. Christine Aschoff, 27 caught the attention of Officer Phil Longo on Sparta Junction, police said. Longo ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Police were called to the PNC Bank because of a man making sexual advances toward female employees.  The man, Tayfun Kilic, 46, appeared to be drunk, according to police. As Officer Christopher Botta was headed to the bank on July 30 around 11 a.m. he was told the Delran resident ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Main Street in Sparta will be closed except to local traffic from Sparta Avenue to Village Lane from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for water utility work. Main Street will be closed to all traffic between Town Center Drive and Village Lane, according to Sparta Police Department.

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NEWTON, NJ—A Hopatcong man charged with murdering his mother’s girlfriend will be at the Sussex County Courthouse for an initial conference on Friday, July 29 at 3 p.m. Nicholas J. Powers, 26 was indicted on three counts of murder by a Grand Jury after he confessed to killing Patricia Owens on ...

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SPARTA, NJ - One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion but no other injuries were no reported in a fire that broke out at the Sparta Classic Diner late Thursday night. The kitchen and service area are "lost and the roof is a disaster," noted a maintenance worker boarding up windows on site ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Pennsylvania woman who was stopped for speeding ended up with drunk driving charges.  On July 11 around 10:20 p.m. Officer Erick Finley saw Celenia Gamboa, 24, driving a silver Toyota 65 MPH in a 45 MPH zone on Woodport Road, police said. When Finley stopped Gamboa he suspected she ...

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SPARTA, NJ – After being alerted by a concerned citizen about a possible drunk driver, Sparta Police Officers Paul Wenzel and Erick Finley stopped Jorge Santos Jr, 36 on Sparta Avenue.  Police said on July 3 around 7:25 p.m. they found Santos driving a gray Nissan Maxima. The Sparta resident was ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Paterson man who was weaving across the lane on Woodport Road is facing drunk driving charges. On July 5 around 12:30 a.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped Christian Gonzales, 28, in a black Honda Civic.  Porter had been driving behind Gonzales as he drove down Woodport Road and got onto ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A fast late night ride ended with drunk driving charges for a Hillsborough man on June 19.  It was around midnight when Officer Thomas Herd clocked Marc Shapiro, 52, going 83 MPH in a 55 MPH zone on Route 15, according to police. When Herd stopped Shapiro, the officer suspected the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Wharton man stopped for driving the wrong way on Route 15 is facing drunk driving charges.  On June 16 around 1:45 a.m. Officer Phil Longo was able to stop Sergio Villavicencio, 33, after patrol units worked to get the driver’s attention to alert him to the dangerous situation, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Police Department announced the road striping project has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24.  The fog line or shoulder line will be striped on East Shore Trail [Count Road 613] and Stanhope Sparta Road [County Road 605]. Residents should ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Station Park was taken over by the Helen Morgan School’s fifth grade students and teachers to celebrate their graduation from Law Enforcement Against Drugs or LEAD program.  Sparta Police officers hosted the students with a morning of activities. “We are really fortunate in this town ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Residents along East Shore Trail [County Road 613] and Stanhope Sparta Road [County Road 605] should not park on the shoulder on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22 because Statewide Striping Corp. will be painting the fog line/shoulder striping, according to the Sparta Police ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta family is very grateful as their son is recovering from injuries after a dirt bike accident in the woods behind Angelo Drive on Friday evening, that required an airlift to the hospital. The young man had been unconscious for two hours before he regained consciousness to call ...

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SPARTA, NJ- After striking a tree in the area of Glen and Walnut roads and refusal of field sobriety tests, a young man from Sparta will appear in court for charges of DWI, reckless and careless driving and other offenses. Around midnight of May 10, Officer Andrew Spitzer was dispatched to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- School security has once again pushed its way to the forefront of concern for parents, educators and law enforcement with the horrific shooting in Texas.  Over the years, since similar shootings have occurred in small towns across the nation, Sparta public school have taken steps ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Montague woman is facing drunk driving charges after being stopped for speeding on Route 15 North.  On May 8 around 8 p.m. Officer Michael Poon saw Stacey Gilligan, 31 driving 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police said.  After stopping Gilligan, Poon suspected the driver had been ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  A third dog has been attacked by a bear in Sparta.  On Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. police said they got a call from residents on Meredith Drive. Their dog had received “a laceration” from a bear. “The homeowner said the dogs were barking like they wanted to go out,” Lt. Jeff ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Road construction on East Shore Trail will continue through May 18, according to Sparta police.  Residents should expect delays and prepare alternate routes through the area. 

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