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...
2 injured after crash on I-78 in Hunterdon County
LEBANON BOROUGH, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Two people were injured after a crash on Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County Sunday night, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Detective Jeffrey Lebron. The crash happened at around 7:58 p.m. on Interstate 78 eastbound at milepost 20.8 in Lebanon Borough, Lebron...
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.
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...
State police use PIT maneuver to stop fleeing driver on I-78 West
WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police said they executed a successful Precision Immobilization Technique, or PIT maneuver, to stop a fleeing vehicle on Interstate 78 in Northampton County. According to state police, the incident occurred around 9:55 a.m. Saturday in Williams Township — which carries the easternmost stretch...
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.
Former Hellertown police chief stole $122K from borough, DA says
HELLERTOWN, Pa. - The former police chief of a Northampton County borough is accused of stealing thousands through fake investigation requests and payroll records. Robert Shupp, who was Hellertown's police chief until he resigned in October amid the investigation, turned himself in Monday morning on 16 felony charges of theft, forgery and tampering with public records, said the county district attorney's office.
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...
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 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.
Weekly Safety Report: Burglary, Robbery, Shooting, and Highway Disturbance hit Northampton County, Pennsylvania
This week in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, several incidents occurred that raised concerns for public safety. These incidents include a man breaking into a home in the Nazareth area, demanding drugs and threatening a woman, a rash of break-ins in Pen Argyl resulting in the theft of at least 14 guns, the sentencing of a man convicted of shooting someone in Easton as a teenager, and a disturbance involving a married couple driving separate Mercedes-Benzes on the highway in Lower Saucon and Williams townships.
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.
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...
15 Corrections Officers Indicted by Grand Jury on Conspiracy and Misconduct Charges Regarding Inmate Assaults at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility
ELIZABETH, N.J. - A state grand jury has returned a superseding indictment against corrections officers involved in an incident that occurred in January 2021 at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. It is alleged that inmates were forcibly removed from their cells without cause, leaving two of the victims seriously injured. This news was released today by the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA). “The State has a responsibility to protect individuals in our custody and our care,” said First Assistant Attorney General Lyndsay V. Ruotolo in a press release...
Police highlight death investigation 6 years after woman found dead inside plastic storage container in Williams Twp.
WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. - Authorities are again calling attention to the case of a woman found dead inside a plastic storage container in Northampton County six years ago. The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, continue their investigation of 31-year-old Jamie Lee Metzger's death, according to a news release on the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers website.
Man sentenced for assaulting officer in Sussex County
NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man was sentenced for assaulting an officer, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. Jose Lopez, 45, of Andover was sentenced on Dec. 1 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Murray said.
Roxbury Motel Shooting Suspect Nabbed In Florida, Another At Large: Prosecutor
Auraceli A. Maldonado, 24, of Irvington, was charged with first-degree armed robbery, conspiracy, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses, Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said in a joint release on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The charges stem from an armed robbery and shooting at the Roxbury Motel on Route 46 on...