CRIME & SAFETY
Hundreds of chickens, dozens of pigs killed in NJ barn fire
HOPE — A Warren County community is coming together to help a farming family recover from a fire that destroyed their barn early Thursday morning. The fire at Hope Cress Farms left 400 chickens and 40 pigs dead, according to the Hope Volunteer Fire Department. Four members of the...
Sussex County man found sleeping behind wheel in ShopRite parking lot charged with DWI
BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man is facing several charges including driving while intoxicated after he was allegedly found sleeping behind the wheel in the Shoprite parking lot in Byram Township, according to police. On Dec. 9, police responded to the ShopRite parking lot for...
Weekly Safety Report: Former Business Owner Arrested, Officer Indicted, and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Warren County, NJ
This week in Warren County, New Jersey, several incidents occurred that raised concerns for public safety. A former business owner was arrested for impersonating a federal agent and trespassing. A Hackettstown police officer was indicted on charges of conspiracy and official misconduct related to an incident at a correctional facility. Additionally, a woman in Hackettstown was hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning. These incidents highlight the importance of vigilance and safety precautions in the community.
400 chickens killed, equipment destroyed in N.J. barn fire
HOPE, N.J. -- Hundreds of animals were killed when a barn burned to the ground in New Jersey, the Hope Volunteer Fire Department says.The fire started just after midnight Friday at Hope Cress Farms in Warren County.The Hope Volunteer Fire Department says 40 pigs and 400 chickens in the barn were killed, and farming equipment and tractors were destroyed.One of the volunteer firefighters who arrived on the scene is the son of the farm's owners."I heard the address. I couldn't believe it. You don't expect to hear your own address come over the pager ... I saw the wall of flames from almost a half mile away. When I pulled in the driveway, I saw it was our barn," said Lane Van Grouw.No one was hurt by the fire.The cause remains under investigation.
New criminal charges in brutality that shut down NJ women’s prison
🔶 NJ all-women’s prison in process of closing. More charges have been leveled against one of 15 corrections officers in trouble for brutal cell extractions at the state’s only all-women prison, which is now being shut down. An eight-count superseding indictment, voted on by a state grand...
Man driving under the speed limit gets arrested for DWI in Sussex County
BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A New York man was arrested for DWI after police say he was driving under the speed limit in Byram Township. On Dec. 8, am officer observed a vehicle fail to keep right and drive approximately 20 mph under the speed limit on Route 206, police said.
Deer shot dead by police has some misguided people in NJ angry (Opinion)
Some called him Melvin. Others called him Chester. Now you could just kinda call him dinner. A Sussex County drama went down in Andover Township last month where a local beloved deer that had lost its natural fear of humans was shot to death by police. It began almost a...
Man charged with DWI found with psilocybin mushrooms, open alcohol in car
BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A New York man faces charges after police reportedly found him with , psilocybin mushrooms, open alcohol containers, and unsealed marijuana during a traffic stop Byram Township. On Dec. 5, an officer observed a vehicle fail to maintain its lane and fail to...
Monroe County man sentenced for fentanyl, cocaine, heroin trafficking
A Monroe County man has been sentenced in federal court for drug trafficking. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, District Judge Robert Mariani sentenced 46-year-old Darius Jamal Scott, of Tobyhanna, to 72 months’ (or six years') imprisonment, with a supervised release period of four years, on Wednesday.
Woman sentenced for possession of cocaine, bail jumping in Sussex County
NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Passaic County woman was sentenced for possession of cocaine and bail jumping, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. Jaime O’Dea, 34, of Paterson was sentenced on Dec. before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Murray said.
Sussex County man pleads guilty to terroristic threats, resisting arrest
NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man has entered a guilty to plea to terroristic threats and resisting arrest, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. Dallas Kruzelnick, 38, of Wantage Township pled guilty to third-degree terroristic threats and third-degree resisting arrest on Nov. 30 before...
Furnace malfunction causes structure fire in Warren County, state police say
HOPE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A furnace malfunction caused a structure fire Monday afternoon in Warren County, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Detective Jeffrey Lebron. Troopers responded to a structure fire on Dec. 4, at 2:31 p.m., on New Street in Hope Township, Lebron said. When...
Weekly Safety Report: Aggravated DWI Conviction and Burglary/Shoplifting Incidents in Sussex County, New Jersey
This week in Sussex County, New Jersey, there were two incidents of concern. The first incident involved a man from Sussex who was found guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February and may face jail time and the loss of his driving privileges. The second incident occurred in Saint James, NY, where a resident was the victim of a burglary at a local hotel. The suspect caused damage to the victim's vehicle but did not steal anything. Additionally, a shoplifting incident took place at a business on Rt. 27, involving a Hispanic male and a black female who left the store without paying for items.
Barred Broker Indicted For Allegedly Defrauding Investors Out Of $88.6M
A barred New Jersey broker has been indicted for allegedly duping investors out of nearly $89 million by lying to investors and paying himself hidden fees on equity investments, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. A three-count indictment on Wednesday in federal court...
Monroe County cold case remains unsolved 16 years later
MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A $10,000 reward is being offered to help solve a man’s death 16 years later in Monroe County. According to the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney, Tuesday marks the 16th anniversary of the brutal murder of 22-year-old Lee Vanluvender. Police say Vanluvender was shot to death in a parking […]
Murder-Suicide Leaves 2 Dead in Monroe County
Two people were found dead after a shooting on Ski Side Drive in Pocono Township. Around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, Pocono Township police responded to a domestic disturbance. Upon arriving, they found Kyle Campbell Worrell, 39, dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head, along with his girlfriend Leilani Ramos, 37, who was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, before being pronounced dead around 8:30 p.m. due to her gunshot wounds.
Woman sentenced for using lost credit card to purchase items at Walmart in Sussex County
NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A woman was sentenced for using a lost credit card to purchase items at a Walmart in Sussex County, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart. Pamela Altamura, 35, of Highland Lakes was sentenced on Nov. 16 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus,...
New Patrolman Joins Newton Police Department
NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department swore in a new officer on Monday, November 27 at the monthly town council meeting. Mark Fleming, son of Dave and Hope Fleming, grew up in Long Valley where he attended West Morris Central alongside his younger brother Cory. Fleming was active in high school sports, participating in football, rugby and wrestling. Following high school graduation, Fleming attended Delaware Valley University for wrestling and to study criminal justice. He graduated in 2014 and began his career within the realm of public safety, holding several positions before transitioning to law enforcement in 2018. Fleming worked at the Morris County Correctional Facility from 2018 until 2023, when his commitment to public service led him to the Town of Newton. Beyond his professional endeavors, Fleming finds joy spending time with his family and friends, including his girlfriend Dana.
Man defrauded investors out of almost $89 million, feds say
A New Jersey man who ran an investment company helped steal $88.6 million by lying to investors about up-front fees, authorities allege. Raymond John Pirrello Jr. 47, of Sparta, is charged with securities fraud conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and securities fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern New York said Wednesday.