Police & Fire

December 22, 2019

SPARTA, NJ- A man from Hardyston is charged with drunk driving after he fled from an accident.  On December 16 around 4:30 p.m. Officer Matt Pletcher was heading to the scene of the accident at the intersection of Blue Heron and Woodport Road when he saw a yellow Hyundai with significant front end ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Three women are facing drug and other charges after a traffic stop for speeding.  On December 13 around 10:15 a.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped a gray four door Honda for going 83 MPH in a 55 MPH on Route 15 north, police said. Herd saw there were three women and a child in the car.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ -At their annual luncheon at the Mohawk House, the Sussex County Police Chiefs' Association received a $2500 donation from Don Somma President and CEO of First Hope Bank.  The funds were raised for the Bocci and Brew event held earlier in the fall. Somma said he was aware many of the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A man was found asleep behind the wheel by police, after reports that he was driving erratically on Route 94.  On December 14 around 1 a.m. Officer Phil Longo found Pedro Castillo-Delacruz, 36 asleep in a white minivan in the parking lot of the Homestead restaurant, police said. The ...

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SPARTA, NJ-  A Sparta man caught the attention of police officer Brian Porter for weaving on Sparta Avenue.  On December 13 around 11:30 p.m. Porter stopped Oliver Elias, 22 in a silver Nissan Rogue, police said. When talking with Elias, Porter smelled marijuana in the car and saw a baggie of ...

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SPARTA, NJ –  A Sparta man found behind the wheel on the front lawn of a home on Richmond Hill Drive is facing drunk driving charges.  On December 15 around 1 a.m. Officer Brian Porter went to the residence to find Shaun Tatka, 24 in a blue Chevrolet Colbalt about 100 feet off the road, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Police caught up with a wanted driver when they responded to a car accident at the Quick Chek on Sparta Avenue.  On December 11 around 10 a.m. Officer Thomas Herd was checking on the credentials of the two people involved in the accident and found Adrianne Smith, 35, had a warrant out ...

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SPARTA, NJ - For many, last week's snow storm was challenging in a number of ways. Trees and lines were down all over, knocking out power, internet and even mobile phone service.  School was closed for four days, making it a very long Thanksgiving break. The aftermath also left some beautiful ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  According to the Sparta Police Department the Red Cross will be providing meals at the following locations today from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Sussex County Technical School - McNeice Auditorium 105 North Church Rd Sparta, NJ Serving Sparta, Lafayette, Branchville, Franklin, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The township and county residents continue to work through the aftermath of the snow storm that cut power to approximately 70% of Sparta residents and more than a third of the residents in Sussex County. Sparta High School was open on Wednesday, December 4 for residents to take ...

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SPARTA, NJ - The Sussex County Office of Emergency Management in conjunction with the American Red Cross will be operating an overnight shelter and warming center at the Sussex County Technical School, 105 North Church Road, Sparta, for those in need of overnight shelter accommodations. The shelter ...

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SPARTA, NJ - The road at Houses Corner Road is closed by a large tree branch on the lines. Find an alternate route. Do not drive around on the lawn or under the line. Residents without can pick up free ice and water at: Shop Rite - Ronetco 90-80 Rt 206 N Byram NJ Shop Rite - Ronetco 270 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A ShopRite customer helped Sparta Police catch a shoplifter on November 11. Around 12:30 p.m.  a woman told officers who were collecting food for Cram the Cruiser she had seen a man take items from underneath his clothes, put them under a parked car and go back into the store, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A seven-year old injured his wrist when a Sparta woman crashed into a school bus at 8:15 a.m.  Police responded to Lafayette Road on November 26.  Rita McCormick, 60 had done extensive damage to her black Honda when she hit the bus, police said. McCormick’s car had to be towed but ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman, found in the back seat of a car parked behind a closed business is facing drug charges.  On November 19 around 10:40 a.m. Officer Steven Guido checked on a black Chevy Camaro with New York plates, police said. Guido found Jamie Odea, 30 with blood on her arm.  The ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Milford, Pennsylvania woman is facing drunk driving charges after being pulled over for weaving on Route 15 north.  On November 19 around 10:30 p.m. Officer Michael Poon saw Margaret Ryan-Newton, 48, in a gray Kia, police said. When Poon spoke with Ryan-Newton the officer ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Newton Police Chief Michael Richards announced his retirement on Tuesday after 30 years of service. He is set for his next endeavor, becoming the Fairgrounds Manager of the New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.    Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto has worked with ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Lake Hopatcong man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On November 11 around noon, Officer Steven Guido stopped James Rosenski, Jr, 20 because passengers in the front and back seat were not wearing seatbelts, police said. When Guido spoke with Rosenski the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A woman from California had a lot of trouble by the time she stopped near the Blue Heron exit ramp from Route 15.  On November 6 around 11 p.m. officers went to the exit ramp where Jefferson police had followed Katherine McNerney, 50, police said. McNerney caught the attention of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – No one was injured but charges were filed in a fender bender at 3 a.m. at the intersection of Lafayette Road and Route 15.  On November 9 police went to the scene of the accident where a gray Hyundai was struck from behind by a red Honda minivan, police said. Officer Chris Favaro ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A  Bellville woman is facing charges for driving while intoxicated though she caught Officer Brian Porter’s attention for sitting still at a green light.  On November 8 around 10 p.m. Porter saw Maria Cerino, 42, in a white BMW stopped in the intersection of Houses Corner Road and ...

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SPARTA, NJ-A Jersey City man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop.  On October 28 around 11 a.m. Officer Matt Pletcher stopped Nicholas Furey-Caban, 24, is a silver Subaru on Lafayette Road, according to police. When speaking with the driver, the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An Augusta man faces a number of charges after he caused an accident and punched a teen in a road rage incident.  On September 28 around 5:15 p.m. police arrived at the scene of an accident to find only 17 year old Sparta juvenile remained, while the other driver, Phil Spagnola, fled ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two Bronx men face drug charges following a traffic stop on Route 15.  On October 13 around 9 a.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped Argenis Checo, 23 in a white Honda Accord that had tinted windows and no front license plate, police said. Checo did not give Guido his identification.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two road construction projects are scheduled for next week according to township officials.  On Monday, Davis Road is schedule to be paved.  On Tuesday, Old Prospect School Road is scheduled to be paved. Township officials advise there will be delays and recommend planning ...

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SPARTA, NJ- An Oak Ridge man is facing drug charges after getting pulled over for weaving on Lafayette Road.  On October 13 around 8 p.m. Officer Matthew Pletcher stopped Khalil Amro,23 in a white Mazda, police said. When Pletcher spoke with Amro the officer smelled marijuana coming from the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Stockholm woman is facing charges when she was stopped for speeding through a closed road.  On October 11 around 11:50 p.m. Tracy Deangelis, 31, was stopped on West Mountain Road after Officer Craig Grauerholz saw her drive through the closed portion of CR 517 going 55 MPH in a 35 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The East Mountain Road paving project is scheduled to continue on Monday, October 14, according to township officials.  Paving is expected to last the whole day.  Any questions should be directed to Sparta Department of Public Works at 973-729-6178.

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OGDENSBURG, NJ – Sparta officials have announced Route 517 will be closed to traffic in Ogdensburg from 8 p.m. Friday, October 11 until 6 a.m. Saturday, October 12.  The closure is for emergency repairs and is subject to weather conditions. According to the Sussex County Department of Public ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A North Carolina man with a suspended license, seen weaving on Route 15, has been charged with drunk driving.  Joel Rivera of Washaw, North Carolina already had a suspended license with he was stopped on September 27 around 2 p.m. by Office Phil Longo, police said. When Longo spoke ...

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