Police & Fire

March 14, 2020

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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SPARTA, NJ – A pair of Newark residents face charges after a speeding stop on Route 15.  On February 2 around 11:15 p.m. Officer Porter saw Carter Booth, 21 in a grey Toyota Camery, going 74 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police said. When Porter spoke with the driver, the officer smelled marijuana in ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Alpine Train will be closed beginning February 4 as JCP&L works to trim and remove trees, according to an annoucement from the Lake Mohawk Country Club Engineer.  Tuesday afternoon they will be working on Alpine Trail between South Shore Trail and Shawnee Trail, according to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Hamburg woman was charged with disorderly conduct after a confrontation with a Sparta Police Officer.  On February 1 around 7:30 p.m. Officer Matthew Pletcher was checking the grounds of Sussex Technical School when he saw Laura Presiosi, 30 sitting in her idling car, police ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – A Sparta man was picked up in a joint investigation spanning three counties on drug and weapons charges, according to a statement from the Morristown prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Morris County Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A traffic stop netted a driver with several warrants.  On January 27 around 1:40 p.m. Officer Thomas Herd made the top on Route 15 because her windshield was cracked and brake light was broken, police said. When Herd went to speak with the driver he saw Bridget Moore, 42 was not ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Branchville woman is facing charges of having stolen money from the person she cared for.  On January 2, a Sparta resident went to the Sparta Police Department Headquarters to report they believed the person who took care of their elderly mother had stolen money from her, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Milford, Pennsylvania woman was picked up on a warrant after a being stopped for a broken light.  On January 21 around 10:30 a.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped Dawn Ashley, 33, police said. Porter stopped Ashley a four door Mazda registered in Tennessee.  When he got her ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta woman found parked on the grass behind snow plows at the Blue Heron Park and Ride is facing drunk driving charges.  On January 18 around 11:40 p.m. Office Marc Rubino responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle where found Charlene Myers, 48 according to police. When ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Brooklyn man is facing drug charges when the car in which he was a passenger was stopped for a broken tail light.  On January 14 around 2 a.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped Akeem McKinney, 21 for the broken light on her green Volkswagen, police said. When Herd spoke with the driver, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Netcong man who drove into a ditch is facing drunk driving charges.  On January 11 around 8:30 a.m. Officer Michael Poon found John Leonard, 32 had driven off the road at Andover Road and Kimberly Court, police said. Leonard was slurring his words and unsteady on his feet.  Poon ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Both a driver and passenger caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido when they were ashing their cigarettes out of the window while they were driving on Route 15.  On January 10 around 1 p.m. Lords Valley, Pennsylvania resident Kayla Murphy, 25 was stopped in a blue ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The new mayor of Sparta is currently in litigation with the township.  Jerard Murphy took his oath of office on Tuesday, January 7 one day after his attorney George Daggett made the most recent filing in the matter of Murphy v Sparta Township Police Department, et al. The two ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man who walked into the Sparta Police Department Headquarters after being stabbed and beaten by his then boyfriend and roommate on October 8, 2013 has been entangled in litigation with the township ever since.  Most recently Scott Waselik took the township to United States ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Wyckoff man has been charged with drunk driving after police responded to the Seven-11 because of his suspicious behavior.  Christopher Millius, 33 was staring at customers when they came into the store, police said. On December 28 around 11:30 p.m. Officer Michael Poon found ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Colorado man was taken to the hospital after crashing into a guard rail at the intersection of Father John’s Lane and Route 15. On December 23 around 4:30 p.m. Officer Jonathan Poon went to the scene of the one car accident to find Erik Tikkanen, 32, of Northglen, Colorado, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A woman from Elizabeth is facing drug charges after a traffic stop.  On December 21 around 11:30 a.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped Alberto Perez in a gray Honda Accord, police said. When Porter spoke with Perez the officer smelled marijuana.  Perez told Porter he did not smoke pot ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department delivered the proceeds from their No Shave November fundraiser to the doctors of the Sparta Regional Cancer Care Associates.  On Thursday, Sparta Chief Neil Spidaletto, Det. Sgt. Terrence Mulligan, Officer Dave Pridham and Cpl. Mark Mastandrea met with Dr.

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SPARTA, NJ – A Landing woman was picked up for drunk driving in Sparta after being involved in a domestic dispute in Ogdensburg.  On December 16 around midnight Officer Arlene Lippencott stopped Wendy Mittelstadt, 35 at the Sparta Junction, police said. Sparta police were on the look out for the ...

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