Police & Fire

October 2, 2019

SPARTA, NJ- It was not enough to run through a stop sign for Wharton resident Carlos Acacio-Ruge, he also was clocked at 90 MPH on Route 15.  On September 28 around 10:30 p.m. Officer Erick Finley saw the 36-year-old go onto Route 15 without stopping at the sign at the bottom of the ramp, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A weaving driver, Jessica Strnatko, caught the attention of Officer Michael Poon or Woodport Road.  On September 25 around 11:45 p.m. Poon saw a red Jeep unable to stay in the lane, police said. Poon followed Strnatko onto Stanhope Road when the 35-year-old suddenly pulled onto the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Parsippany man ended up with more trouble than a damaged car after he hit a telephone pole.  On September 23 around 9:30 p.m. Officer Arlene Lippencott was patrolling on Route 181 when she saw a black Ford was off the road, with the driver trying to start the car, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Police Department has announced Route 15 will be closed in both directions from Thursday, September 26 at 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. Friday morning.  The closure will be between Houses Corner Road/Limecrest Road and Wilson Drive/White Lake Road. According to the map provided the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Following up on a call to Sparta Police Department dispatch, on September 20 around 10:30 p.m.  Officer Chris Favaro stopped an Andover man, Guillermo Silva 35 on Route 15.  Police had received a tip that a driver in a blue Ford F350 pickup could not stay in his lane, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The annual National Coffee with a Cop day will be celebrated in Sparta at the Sparta Library.  On Wednesday, October 2 from 10 a.m. until noon and 5 to 7 p.m., the community is invited to come to the library for coffee and a conversation with Sparta Police. Crafts will be provided ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The community turned out for a barbecue and ice cream hosted by the Sparta Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad, Dispatchers and CERT.  The food was purchased by the Fraternal Order of Police and the other first responders. Det. Sgt. Jeff McCarrick manned the grill ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sussex man stopped for speeding is facing drunk driving charges.  On September 19 around 12:1 a.m. Cpl. Kurt Morris stopped Michael Evans, 58 in a white Toyota SUV speeding 75 in a 55 MPH zone on Route 15 north, police said. When Morris spoke with the driver he smelled alcohol in ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Acting on an anonymous tip, Sparta Police went to a Sparta residence to find a man wanted by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department.  When the officers arrived, Kyle Talmadge, 29 of Franklin Boro ran into the woods, police said. Talmadge, who had been working at the home, was chased ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Two Sparta boys have been charged with simple assault in an attack that took place at Ungerman Field in mid July.  According to police both boys are 14 years old, as is the victim. Several people video recorded the assault but no one called the police during the attack, according to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Route 15 traffic is being detoured onto Layton Lane, according to Sparta Police Department.  Both northbound and southbound lanes are affected because of a utility pole down across the road.  It was pulled down by a truck near to the Bagel Station just beyond the railroad tracks.

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SPARTA, NJ- A Warton woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop.  On September 1 around 6:50 a.m. Officer Jonathan Poon stopped Martha Rubio, 21 in a red Volkswagen, for not moving to the right lane, police said. Poon smelled marijuana in Rubino’s car.  The officer searched the car and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A truck driver from Dover is facing a number of charges after being stopped on West Mountain Road.  On September 4 around 2:30 p.m. Cpl. Craig Grauerholz stopped Felipe Holguin, 37 in a Mack dump truck, police said. The vehicle weight limit on West Mountain Road is four tons.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Budd Lake man stopped on Route 15 for several equipment violations was found to have several outstanding warrants.  On August 23 around 2:30 p.m. Michael Scott, 58 was found to have a suspended Pennsylvania driver’s license and warrants in Mount Olive, Newark and Columbia, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – According to township officials, there will be continued overnight closures on Main Street from the municipal building parking lot to Mavis Tire. This work is being done in connection with the Route 15 bridge project. Main Street Closures will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Plainfield man was picked up on a warrant after a traffic stop for speeding on Route 15.  On September 3 around 12:30 a.m. Cpl. Rick Smith stopped Collin Johnson, 25 for driving 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, according to police. When Smith asked for Johnson’s credentials, the driver ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drunk driving charges after a traffic stop on Woodport Road.  On September 2 around 11:30 p.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped Sharon Swanwick, 35 because her blue Hyundai had a broken headlight, police said. Guido suspected Swanwick had been drinking and had ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man with warrants was found in his car in White Deer Plaza.  On August 30 around 9 a.m. Officer Brian Porter saw Jonathan Barkhorn, 35 and recognized him from previous interaction, police said. Porter knew that Barkhorn had an active warrant from Morris County Sheriff’s ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Pennsylvania man was picked up on an outstanding warrant when neighbors called police to complain about construction noise.  On August 28 around 10 p.m. Officer Steven Guido went to 350 Sparta Avenue to follow up on the complaint, police said. Guido talked with the construction ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Brooklyn, New York man was picked up after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On August 27 around 11:30 p.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped Reynaldo Lagares, 40 because his gray Kia did not have a light on the rear license plate, police said. When Herd checked his credentials, the officer ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drunk driving charges after police were alerted to a driver that was weaving on Woodport Road.  On August 21 around 8:30 p.m. Cpl. Craig Grauerholz stopped David Winslow, 52. Grauerholz had Winslow perform field sobriety tests and took him into custody.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Main Street will be closed between the Sparta Municipal parking lot and Glen Road from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. for the Route 15 bridge repair project, according to Sparta Township officials. The closures will run from Monday, August 26 through August 30.

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SPARTA, NJ – It was a packed house in the patio room at the Mohawk House on Friday afternoon for the Junior Police Academy graduation ceremony.  The more than 80 fifth through eighth grade participants spilled outside for their lunch before the awards were handed out. Program organizer Lt. John ...

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SPARTA, NJ- According to Sparta Township officials, Cedar Crest Drive is scheduled to be paved Monday, August 26 having been postponed from last Friday because of the rain.  Residents are asked to park on Knoll Road or Neally Lane if necessary. Questions can be directed to Sparta DPW ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Morris Plains man caught the attention of Officer Brian Porter as he flew up Route 15 at 98 MPH.  On August 17 around 3 a.m. Porter stopped Evan Rokoszak, 31, for speeding in a black Volkswagon Jetta, police said. Rokoszak told Porter he knew he was stopped because he was ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta women ended up in trouble after falsely reporting she was hit by another vehicle.  On August 13 around 11:40 p.m. Officer Taylor May went to the scene of a reported hit and run accident on Route 517 near the Sparta Middle School, police said. Jamie Lewis, 21, told May a tan ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is in full swing is Sparta.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA initiative is once again going on in an effort stop drunk driving at the local level.  In Sparta, a Nutley woman was stopped when Sparta Officer ...

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SPARTA, NJ - According to Sparta Police Department, the road work that had been scheduled for overnight hours last week has been delayed until next week.   Information will be published as it becomes available. 

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SPARTA, NJ – A Lake Hopatcong man was picked up on an outstanding warrant when Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped him for a broken windshield.  On August 12 around 10 a.m. the officer stopped the black Hyundai on Route 15, police said. When Rubino checked into driver Marcello Pinto, 45, the officer found ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Claims that he was not good at a stick shift, was not enough to get Brandon Soares, 24, out of trouble.  On August 9 around 4:30 p.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped Brandon Soares of Milford Pennsylvania because he was weaving in his lane on Route 15 North, police said. When speaking ...

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