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Police & Fire

September 15, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – An anonymous call to the Sparta Police Department led to the arrest of a Sparta man in Station Park. On September 11 around 9 p.m. Officer Jon Poon responded to the report and found Peter Chlodnicki, 55 sitting in a car, police said. Three children were also in the car.  Poon made ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man was charged with drunk driving after police found a car near the basketball court in the middle of Rainbow Park, a "pocket park" in Lake Mohawk. On August 25, around 9:30 Officer Mike Poon found William Greenlaw, 62 in a silver Toyota Prius, police said. When Poon asked ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Labor Day turned tragic with the accidental drowning of an 80-year-old man midday in Lake Mohawk on Monday. According to Sparta Police Lt. John Lamon, Lawrence Botts was having difficulty getting off his boat at his dock on West Shore Trail near the bridge to Manitou Island. Botts ...

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SPARTA, NJ — A Sparta woman is in federal custody on child pornography charges.  On Tuesday “stay at home mom” Dominique Saczawa was charged with “producing, distributing and advertising images of child sexual abuse,” according to acting U. S. Attorney Rachael Honig's announcement. Sparta Police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The 76 participants in the 2021 Junior Police Academy had their graduation on Friday afternoon.  “The goal of this program was to assimilate the processes and accountability of a normal Police Academy, while providing an educational and challenging environment that encourages the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Day one of the Sparta Junior Police Academy was packed full of activities.  The 87 cadets learned how to march in formation, understand expectations for their behavior and received hats, backpacks and water bottles, all in the first hour at the Sparta Middle School. Divided into 10 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman is facing DWI charges after being reported by another driver.  On August 13 around 4:30 p.m. Dorthy Korybski, 54 was stopped on Glen Road by Officer Lippencott, police said. Sparta dispatch had received a call from a driver following a black Audi that was reportedly ...

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JEFFERSON, NJ - Motorists should never drink and drive and to enforce driver safety, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, along with the Jefferson Police Department have announced a DWI checkpoint will take place in Jefferson Township. Authorities will be on the lookout for intoxicated and ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Audio and video recordings as well as the identities of the Newton police officers and the decedent involved in the shooting that happened on Clive Place on July 4, were released by the acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck on Monday. The recordings are graphic and detailed, revealing ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Registration is open for the Junior Police Academy.  The popular summer program will be held at Sparta Middle School.  It will run from August 18 to 20 from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. with limited capacity.  Children from fifth through eighth grade may attend. “We as officers take great ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Stanhope Road is down to one lane at the corner of Winona Parkway and Woodport Road tonight because of a sink hole.  Sparta Police Chief and Interim Township Manager announced the incident at the township council meeting on Tuesday night. The sinkhole appears to have been caused by ...

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SPARTA, NJ — A 15-year-old from Newark was taken into custody after efforts to steal a car from two different Sparta residences were thwarted. At approximately 10:44 a.m. on Monday, July 5 Sparta Police got a call from a resident on Alpine Trail that someone was trying to steal the car from their ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A shooting involving two Newton Police Officers took place at 9:30 p.m. July 4 on Clive Place, resulting in the death of an unidentified Newton man. The incident is under investigation by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal's office. According to the preliminary investigation, ...

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ARTA, NJ – Rain drops could not dampen the pageantry and emotion as family and friends gathered on Sparta High School’s Cassels Field for the Sparta Police Department’s promotion ceremony. Four officers were sworn in to their new rank. Terrance Mulligan was elevated to the rank of Captain, a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two people reported an unsafe driver on Route 15 to Sparta Police Department dispatch.  On May 27 around 2 p.m. the second call reported the driver of a green pickup had fallen asleep behind the wheel while waiting for the light to change on the Route 517 ramp, police said. Officer ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta has once again made it to the top of a list of safest cities in America for 2021.  According to Safewise, Sparta was named the eighth safest town in the country.  The only other New Jersey town on the list was Bernards Township, coming in at number five. Safewise noted ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Following up on a report of someone driving the wrong direction on Route 15, Officer Taylor May saw a driver flashing his headlights following behind the suspected wrong way driver, police said. On May 20 around 2 a.m. May stopped Hamburg resident Kenneth Broda Jr., 30, on the ...

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SPARTA, NJ -An Andover man is facing drunk driving charges after a traffic stop on Route 181.  On May 15 around 1:50 a.m. Officer Steven Guido saw Anthony Brown, 25, cross the double yellow lines into the opposite lane, police said. Guido stopped Brown and when he spoke with the driver he ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Garfield man is facing a number of charges including drug charges, after he was stopped on Route 15 for driving 80 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.  On May 5 around 3:30 a.m. Officer Craig Grauerholz pulled out to stop Xhonatan Gaba, 19, but Gaba crossed both lanes of the highway and exited ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Franklin man was picked up on drug charges after he fled from a traffic stop.  On May 11 around 1 p.m. Officer Brian Porter had stopped a car on the Route 517 bypass.  Because the back seat passenger Kyle Talmadge, 31, was not wearing his seatbelt, Porter asked for his ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The municipal building has been bathed in bright blue lights in honor of 2021 National Police Week, May 9 through 15. “This year so far 124 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty,” Sparta Police Chief and Interim Township Manger Neil Spidaletto said. This year ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A plan to shoplift was thwarted when someone reported the get away car to the police for driving erratically.  On May 6, Officer Steven Guido went to a local supermarket parking lot to find the car, police said. When Guido spoke with the driver he did not see any problem with the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police.  Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who is missing. She is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male. Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates - UPF6043. He was seen in East Orange, NJ. The suspect is armed with a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A woman from Hackettstown was found slumped over the steering wheel of her car in the Sparta Theater Center parking lot, following a call to Sparta police.  On May 4 around 8:35 a.m. Officer Chris Botta found Nicole Vanorden, 23, “nodding off” in her red two door Pontiac, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Denville man is facing drunk driving charges after he was stopped because his front bumper was hanging off the car.  On April 29 around 9:30 p.m. Lt. Jeff McCarrick saw Richard Cosgrove, 54 on West Mountain Road with his bumper scraping on the road, police said. McCarrick stopped ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An Augusta man is facing drunk driving charges after being stopped for weaving across lanes on Route 15 north.  On April 18 around 2 a.m. Officer Herd stopped Leslaine Lambert, 62 in a black BMW, police said. Suspecting Lambert had been drinking, Herd had the driver perform field ...

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SPARTA, NJ -With the lowest property crime rate in the state this year, Sparta Township has been ranked the second safest town in New Jersey.  “Public safety is a collaborative effort by our officers, dispatchers and our residents,” Police Chief Neil Spidaletto said. “Our officers have always ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department have added patrols as part of the national Distracted Driver campaign with funding from a New Jersey department of Highway Traffic Safety state grant, according to Acting Sparta Township manager Neil Spidaletto at the township council meeting on ...

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SPARTA, NJ-Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Sparta are now publicly available as part of the new statewide “beta” test dashboard that debuted last week.   New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 use-of-force cases ...

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