Sparta Police Department

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Man arrested on drug charges
A Sparta man was charged with drug possession after he was stopped during the early morning hours of July 15 for having an inoperable headlight.

At 4:45 a.m., Sgt. Jeffrey Mase was on routine patrol when he stopped a silver 2002 Honda Accord on the Blue Heron Interchange for the violation.

While speaking to the operator, 19-year-old Gerard S. Calderone, the sergeant detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Mase requested and was granted from Calderone a voluntary Consent to Search the vehicle.

A subsequent investigation lead to the seizure of 50 grams or less of marijuana and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia. There was a 16-year-old juvenile passenger in the vehicle but he was not charged in the incident. He was later turned over to adult family members at police headquarters.

Calderone was placed under arrest and later charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle and Maintenance of Lamps.

He was released several hours later on his own recognizance.

Two women arrested, released on drug charges

On 7:06 a.m., July 6, Officer Daniel Elig was stationary on Rte. 15 observing northbound traffic when he saw a 2000 Jeep Cherokee pass his location.

What drew his attention to this vehicle was that he recognized the operator as 37-year-old Sparta resident Gennifer Martin. Elig was aware that Martin’s driver’s license was suspended, according to police.

After stopping the vehicle the officer spoke to both Martin and her passenger, 33-year-old Jennifer Vanhouten, of Newton. Both women offered conflicting stories of where they were coming from, according to police.

Elig requested and was granted a voluntary Consent to Search the vehicle. Three illegal hypodermic syringes were found in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Vanhouten took ownership of the needles. Both women were arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing, according to police.

Vanhouten was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of three Syringes. Martin was charged with Driving While Suspended.

The women were released several hours later on their own recognizance.

Arrest made in May residential burglary

Sparta Police were dispatched to a residence on Signal Hill Trail to investigate a report of a Burglary in May.

The initial investigation revealed that a suspect had forced his way into the residence by prying open a rear window.

Several rooms in the home had been ransacked. After an inventory by the homeowner it was reported that approximately $20,000 in jewelry and other valuables were missing.

A subsequent investigation identified; 37-year-old Jason A. Livingston, of 4 St. in Newark as the suspect, according to police.

On July 3 Det. Keith Hannam presented an Arrest Affidavit to the Sparta Township Municipal Court Judge the Hon. John E Mulhern J.M.C.

Mulhern issued arrest warrants for Livingston charging him with Burglary, Theft and Criminal Mischief and set bail at $15,000.

While searching for Livingston, it was learned that he had recently been arrested and was being held in the Morris County Jail for several other burglaries from various other jurisdictions in the Morris County area.

Det. Jospeh Puso, of the Parsippany Troy Hills Police Department, recovered several previously unidentified stolen items from the Sparta Burglary while executing a Search Warrant on Livingston’s motor vehicle after he was arrested by their department.

Livingston was served with the Sparta warrants in the Morris County Jail and is awaiting transport to Superior Court to be arraigned on the Sparta charges.

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