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Sussex County News

February 18, 2024

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Planning Board will continue to hear testimony on the application for 40 apartment units proposed to be built behind Burger King at their meeting on Wednesday.  Some testimony has been given at previous meetings but they have not yet heard about traffic and some details from ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Planning Board heard the second round of testimony for the application to build a 40 unit apartment building on 53A Sparta Avenue a 2.83 acres behind Burger King.   Applicant Fluss Holdings LLC representative Robert McNerny described the proposed apartment building. It ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two men from the Bronx were arrested for stealing “a large amount” of shampoo from the Sparta ShopRite. On January 24 around 4:15 p.m. the store’s security contacted Sparta Police about the theft, giving them descriptions and photos of the men who had fled on foot across the parking ...

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LAS VEGAS, NV – Sparta mason John Langeraap earned a place on the podium at the World of Concrete trade show bricklaying competition on January 24.  With his tender, Mike McCarrick, they competed against 25 other teams to construct the highest and best brick wall within an hour time limit. “It ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Acting Sussex County prosecutor Carolyn A Murray announced that Daniel W Simpson was charged with murder for the killing his father Donald Simpson his home in Wantage. While responding to a call by someone who described the details of the shooting, on January 22 around 4:51 p.m. New ...

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PHILLIPSBURG, NJ - Chaos unfolded at a grade school wrestling tournament on January 28, 2024, in Phillipsburg, New Jersey between High Point and Phillipsburg. The incident, involving adults from High Point, youth athletes and a floor full of sports fans has left the community questioning the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The “chop” continues on Sparta Mountain.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has announced 25 acres including about a quarter mile of trail on the “eastern side of Sparta Mountain MWA” will be closed to the public beginning February 1 continuing until March ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The new year started off on the wrong foot for a Wharton woman who was caught shoplifting from the QuickChek in Sparta. On January 1 Ptl Mathew Pletcher responded to the store where the manager told him a woman, later identified as Danielle Nemeth had stolen two cartons of Newport ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta school district is holding a “school-based safety and security” summit on Wednesday, February 7.  The program will be held at Sparta High School from 6 to 9 p.m. according a district announcement. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from professionals ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Planning Board approved a site plan application for a veterinary urgent care hospital on the corner of Route 15 and Houses Corner Road.  Despite questions about whether it a use permitted in the Economic Development Zone and despite needing six variances to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or NJDEP is asking for public comment about Diamond Chip Realty’s amendment to the Sussex County Water Quality Management Plan or SCWQM Plan.  The mega warehouse developer is asking for the SCWQM plan to reflect changes to their ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Hamburg man is facing drunk driving charges after a one car accident on December 9.  Around 8:18 p.m., Sparta Police Department got a call from a property owner to report a man hit a boulder in his yard and was trying to leave.  When Ptl. Erick Finley went to 75 Mountain Spring Drive ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Community Food Pantry distributed approximately 1050 meals during their annual holiday meal giveaway.  Options of chicken, turkey or lasagna were offered with sides and snacks and even toys. In addition to the pantry volunteers, New Jersey State Police officers, Ronetco, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It took two officers to wake Dover resident Estanisla Breton Rojas who was asleep in he black Honda in the roadway near Brookside Drive and Natures Way.  On November 29 around 3 a.m. Ptl Taylor May and Cpl. Grauerholz banged on the 54-year-olds window of the car that was still running, ...

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SPARTA, NJ- An habitual shoplifter was taken into custody at the Sparta Shoprite.  On December 4 Ptl Erick Finley met with the manager of the store who provided paperwork and surveillance video of John S. Alfieri, 53 having shoplifted in the store several times, according to police. The Highland ...

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SPARTA NJ – A Sparta woman put up a fight when police tried to take her into custody for drunk driving. It began with Ptl Christopher Schanstra responding to a call about a sleeping woman slumped over the steering wheel of a silver Cadillac SUV in the parking lot of the Liquor Factory on Woodport ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Securities and Exchange Commission last week announced charges against Sparta resident Raymond “Ray John” Pirrello, 47, and several others, for defrauding investors, through a national network of unregistered brokers; primarily Sparta based Prior2IPO and other offices. On ...

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AUGUSTA, NJ – One of the popular stops at the German Christmas market last weekend was the G-Scale model railroad display that “eclipse[d] last December's eye-opener,” located inside the Sussex County fairground’s conservatory building.  James Hofmann, affiliate member of the organization and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An employee of the Nutrition Store was arrested for stealing from the store.  On November 17 Sparta Ptl Matthew Pletcher investigated a complaint from the store owner, police said.  After investigating, Hewitt resident Callie Thurston, 28 was taken into custody for having taken ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A man was injured when a Sparta woman, Catherine Lagrasta 44, crossed into an oncoming lane of traffic and hit an oncoming car head on. On November 22 around 12:30 a.m. police went to the scene of the accident on Route 181 near Mara Boulevard and found two vehicles with “heavy front ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Middle School robotics program is hosting the largest VEX IQ competition in the world on Sunday, December 3, according to Robot Revolution.  Sparta Middle School robotics team coach David Gorecki said they anticipate nearly 100 teams in the elementary and middle school ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police were called to the Shell Station on Woodport Road by the station owner because a man was sleeping in his car in the gas station parking lot.  By the time the police finished up the man was on his way to jail. On November 4 around 3:20 p.m. Cpl Craig Grauerholz arrived ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Parents at Catholic Academy of Sussex County were notified by a letter on November 28 that a staff member, Sara Terpak, 25 had been arrested and charged with child endangerment. The Sparta resident was immediately suspended according to Sparta Township Police Department and the letter ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man is facing drunk driving charges after being seen unable to stay in his lane on Route 15.  On November 18 Pt. Andrew Spitzer stopped Andrew Huyler, 28 around mile marker 10.5, police said. When the Spitzer spoke with Huyler he suspected the driver had been drinking.

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SPARTA, NJ – A man was injured when a Sparta woman, Catherine Lagrasta 44, crossed into an oncoming lane of traffic and hit an oncoming car head on. On November 22 around 12:30 a.m. police went to the scene of the accident on Route 181 near Mara Boulevard and found two vehicles with “heavy front ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Though folks have been enjoying a good meal in an well-appointed space for more than a year, Industry Kitchen + Bar had an official opening with a ribbon cutting and special guests on Friday. While the doors have been open wiht people enjoying the dining room and bar for months, the ...

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NEW YORK, NY -  If viewing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is part of your tradition, be sure to watch carefully as five Spartans will be performing. This year Sparta will be represented in the 97th annual parade by Sparta High School junior Leah Andrini dancing with the Spirit of America ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The photography students in Christy Graham’s class had the opportunity to hold a photo shoot with an interesting model.  It was a 1913 Model T. “The Sparta Historical Society was awesome and volunteered their time to come in and let my photo students photograph their Model T car,” ...

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NEW YORK, NY -  Sparta High School alumna Erin Scott finished her first marathon in New York City on Sunday with a time of 4 hours and 47 minutes.  “The experience was unlike anything I have ever been a part of,” Scott said. “The energy in New York really helped- streets were packed and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Iyer family continues their Chess for Charity initiatives with a tournament on November 25.  The most recent beneficiary of the family’s effort is the Ramapough Lunaape Nation during Native American Heritage month.  The family began their support for this community last year with a ...

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