CRIME & SAFETY
Traffic stop leads to seizure of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy in Warren County
PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A Warren County woman was arrested after a traffic stop led to a seizure of drugs and cash in Phillipsburg, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. On Nov.14, police stopped a vehicle driven by Jennifer Crane, 37, of Stewartsville for having tinted...
Small-Town Drug Bust Exposes Larger Socioeconomic Challenges
On November 14, 2023, a routine traffic stop in Phillipsburg, NJ, escalated into a substantial drug bust when Jennifer Crane, a 37-year-old Stewartsville resident, was arrested. Crane was initially stopped for minor vehicle infractions, but the situation intensified when officers discovered her suspended license, leading to a search warrant. Police uncovered an alarming array of drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaine, suspected fentanyl, and ecstasy, alongside $3,084 in cash. She now faces serious charges with potential long-term imprisonment, highlighting a pressing issue in small-town America.
Rising Crime Wave Hits Warren County: Law Enforcement on High Alert
Warren County is confronting a wave of criminal activity that spans the spectrum from minor misdemeanors to significant felonies. The series of recent incidents has put local law enforcement on high alert. Among those caught in the legal net is Zy'Keria Octavius Burgess, apprehended for violating court orders, with court dates pending in Nash and Wilson Counties. Terry Talley's array of charges, including felony flee/elude arrest, suggests a reckless disregard for the law, while George Antony Barnette's misdemeanor probation violation points to systemic issues within the community.
Morris County Man Arrested for Obstruction and Resisting Arrest
MORRIS COUNTY — A Morris County resident, Michael Godoy, 32, Morristown, finds himself in legal trouble after an incident in Denville Township. On November 25, around 12:03 a.m., police were called to the Denville Train Station on Estling Lake Road in response to a report of an intoxicated man behaving suspiciously around parked cars, with possible attempts to enter them.
Pope John Teacher, Sparta Woman Arrested for Inappropriate Relationship with a Student
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 from CASC President Fr. Walter Jenkins. “This charge stems from her involvement with a Pope John High School student,” Jenkins said in his letter. Sparta Police detective bureau was contacted on November 14 by a Pope John High School staff member about “suspicious behavior that came to their attention involving a teacher and a...
From Traffic Stops to Public Health: New Jersey's Evolving Drug Enforcement Strategy
In the quiet streets of Stewartsville, New Jersey, a routine traffic stop on November 14, 2023, led to an unexpected drug bust, as Phillipsburg Police Department officers apprehended 37-year-old Jennifer Crane for minor vehicle infractions. Beyond the tinted windows and a missed signal, a deeper search unearthed a cocktail of illicit substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and ecstasy, as well as a stash of cash. Crane's incident casts light on New Jersey's broader struggle with drug enforcement and its recent efforts to balance civil liberties with the crackdown on drug distribution.
Man arrested on burglary, auto theft charges in Morris County
PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ (Morris County) – An Essex County man is facing several charges including burglary and auto theft in Parsippany-Troy Hills, according to police. On Nov. 26, at around 6:23 a.m., a resident on Rita Drive reported that they observed a dark sedan drop off a person dressed in black and the individual was pulling on vehicle door handles attempting to gain entry, police said.
Police arrest second suspect in connection with shoplifting incident at Morris County CVS
DENVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A second suspect has been arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident at the CVS Pharmacy in Denville Township. On Sept. 17, at around 7:52 p.m., police responded to the CVS Pharmacy on a report of a shoplifting in progress. The complainant reported observing three men enter the store and proceed to conceal various items on their person, police said.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office promotes and swears in new officers
MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Sheriff James M. Gannon presided over the swearing-in of a new officer and a newly promoted Sergeant in the Historic Courtroom at the County Courthouse Complex Friday. Sheriff’s Officer Ryan D’Ambola is from Madison and is a graduate of the 101st basic police class...
Devastating Three-Vehicle Crash in Allamuchy Township Results in Fatality and Critical Injuries
A severe three-vehicle collision on November 22 has shaken Allamuchy Township, Warren County, leaving one dead and multiple people critically injured. The accident, which occurred at the intersection of County Route 517 and Ridge Road, involved a catastrophic sequence where a Jeep Wrangler struck a Ford Pickup, which then collided with a Jeep SUV driven by Lauren M. Gerhold. The devastating impacts resulted in the tragic passing of Gerhold, a 33-year-old mother of two from Hackettstown.
Hackettstown woman killed in Monroe County pedestrian crash, state police say
A 27-year-old Hackettstown woman was struck and killed Sunday night while walking along I-380 in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, state police said. Chantalle Cecconi died following the 11 p.m. crash near mile marker 6, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Stroudsburg. A 21-year-old Buffalo, New York man was driving an...
Newton Man Ejected From Wheelchair, Struck By 2 Cars On Route 206: State Police
The crash occurred on the southbound side in Hampton just after 5:05 a.m., NJSP Det. I Jeffrey Lebron told Daily Voice. A Mazda SUV was heading southbound and a Honda passenger car northbound, while the Newton man was heading south on the northbound shoulder in a motorized wheelchair, Lebron said.
Hampton Driver Dies In Head-On Rt. 31 Crash: State Police (Update)
Christopher Jones, of Hampton, was heading north in a Subaru when he entered the left lane going against the flow of traffic, and collided with a southbound Mack truck, head-on around 7:45 a.m. in Hampton near milepost 39, New Jersey State Police Trooper Troy McNair said. Jones died in the...
Police: Woman fatally struck after running in front of car on I-380
COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE CO. (WOLF) — A 27-year-old woman was killed after running into a car on the highway, police said. According to police, on Sunday around 11 p.m., the driver of a Subaru Outback was driving north on I-380 near mile marker 6 in Coolbaugh Township when he came upon a disabled vehicle in the eastern shoulder.
Missing Morris County Teacher Found Deceased
Lara Emanuele, a 46-year-old Morris County resident, was found in Roxbury Township; preliminary investigation suggests non-suspicious circumstances. Morristown, NJ – The prolonged search for Lara Emanuele, a 46-year-old Morris County teacher reported missing since June, reached a somber conclusion. Authorities announced the discovery of her remains in a secluded Roxbury Township area, bringing an end to a mystery that has gripped the local community.
42 Years Later Family Still Seeking Answers In Delaware Water Gap Axe Murder Case
Today is the 42nd anniversary of an unsolved murder in Monroe County. The Delaware Water Gap man was killed with an axe at his bar. Police along with his family are seeking the public’s help to finally solve this cold case. Victim's Daughter Jessica Joubert says, "He was an...
Hunterdon County Crash Investigation Closes Portion Of Route 78
The crash occurred on the westbound side near the ramp to exit 24 to CR 523/Oldwick Road in Tewksbury around 1:55 p.m., according to 511NJ. All lanes were closed on the ramp, as well as one right lane, the NJDOT said. This is a developing story. Check back for more.
Police: Morris County woman charged with driving under influence of drugs following crash
PEAPACK-GLADSTONE BOROUGH, NJ (Somerset County) – A Morris County woman is facing several charges including operating under the influence of drugs following a crash in Somerset County last week. The crash happened on Nov. 22, at 12:22 p.m., in the area of Pottersville Road and Route 206, police said.