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Sparta Teen Arrest, Bad Checks, and DUI Charges Present at Recent Sparta Municipal Court Hearing

Alley Shubert

Thursday, January 31, 2013 • 8:24pm

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ - Eric Roberts, 18, from Sparta High School was one of the first to speak to Judge John E. Mulhern at today’s municipal court session.

Roberts was arrested Thursday, Jan. 24 after Sparta High School Security Officer Joseph Drossel contacted the police, after allegations of Roberts selling narcotics inside of the school.
 
Sparta Detectives Terrence Mulligan and Keith Hannam reported to the scene to further investigate the situation. The detectives searched Robert’s 2007 black Audi, and within the vehicle was, “$4450 that were in separate into three bundles, 50 grams or less of marijuana packaged in separate ziplock bags for distribution, a 13-inch butterfly knife, a small digital scale along with a box of small ziplock bags.”
 
Roberts declined to answer any questions and was then placed under arrest. He was charged with “Distribution of Narcotics on School Property, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Weapon on School Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.”
 
Roberts entered a plea of “not guilty,” and was scheduled a new date with time to obtain an attorney.
 
John Horenziak was charged under criminal complaint for a bad check from December 15, 2012 for a $233 check to Falcon Oil and December 18, 2012 for $475 payable cash to First Hope Bank.
 
“It is a crime in the fourth degree,” Mulhern told Horenziak.
 
Horenziak’s wife was charged along with him. The couple has the right to an attorney and both are not allowed to leave the State of New Jersey for more than 72 hours without given consent.
 
A new date will be scheduled for the couple.
 
Mrs. Horenziak also received a disorderly persons offense with a fine of $200.00. She has the right to an attorney, but is seeking a public defender for this matter.
 
Two inmates from the Sussex County Jail were also present at the time.
 
The first inmate, a male, was placed in county jail two days ago for not paying his court fines. He told Mulhern, “There was a death in my family last year.”
 
Melhurn explained that the first initial incident took place in March of 2011. He then told the inmate, “If you can pay $700, I will work with you.”
 
The next inmate, a female, had her first arrest on Oct. 26, 2012. She was ordered to pay $100 a week to Sparta court but did not, her reason being that she lost her job, and could not find a new one after searching.
 
The young female also has a warrant out for her in Green Township for a shoplifting case.
 
Mulhern gave her a 10 percent option on her $1,000 bail.
 
She then asked Mulhern if she could stay in jail and receive $30 a day credit, because she did not have the $100 to give.
 
Terrence O’Connor arrived for his second appearance today. At his first he had pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license and driving while intoxicated on May 24, 2012.
 
O’Connor received a 10-year loss his license for his offense.
 
Ben Crater was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Dec. 2, 2012 and did not report the incident to the police, which he had plead guilty for.
 
Mulhern dropped Crater’s reckless driving charge and he was charged a fine for not reporting the scene of an accident.
 
On July 20, 2012, Jonathon Petri was arrested with careless driving, a DUI, and not properly operating a vehicle.
 
Judge Mulhern received the video tape during the incident which he had viewed prior to the case hearing.
 
While driving his motor vehicle, Petri failed to keep right and kept crossing the double yellow line. He was then asked to step of his motor vehicle and while reading the alphabet during a field sobriety test, Petri had said “I” after “W," and was not able to stand on one leg.
 
The officer at the time had recorded Petri, “smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was swaying.”
 
He received a .13 blood alcohol level after being brought back to the police station for a further investigation.
 
He was then issued a seven month suspension of drivers license.
 

 

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