Newton Blotter

07 Aug 2019 | 02:05

    On 8/11/19 at approximately 11:50 a.m., Ptl. Anthony Keiling observed Katelynn Shipps, age 28, of Main Street, Newton running from the St. Joseph's Cemetery (which is located behind the old St.Joseph's School), after she noticed his presence.

    A subsequent warrant check was conducted on Shipps which revealed two active warrants, an ATS warrant out of Ogdensburg Boro Municipal Court and an ACS warrant out of Totowa Boro Municipal Court, were located.

    As a result, Ptl. Keiling stopped Shipps on Main Street and while waiting for the warrants to be confirmed, he observed Shipps throw what appeared to be a bundle of heroin onto the ground. The item was located and confirmed to be numerous bags of suspected heroin. Shipps was then arrested for possession of C.D.S. The two outstanding warrants were confirmed and Shipps was given an R.O.R. for them.

    Shipps was processed and charged with the following:

    N.J.S. 2C:35-10a(1) - Possession of C.D.S. (3rd Degree).

    N.J.S. 2C:29-3b(1) – Hindering Apprehension/Prosecution (4th Degree).

    She was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pursuant to the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

    Investigating Officer: Ptl. Anthony Keiling.

    Assisted by: Ptl. Jared Zappa, Sgt. Thomas Muller and Officer Judy Torres


    On 8/9/19 at 7:20 p.m., Newton Patrols responded to the rear parking lot of 70 West End Avenue (Newtonian Gardens) for a report of a dispute between a male and female involving suspected C.D.S.

    Upon arrival, patrols identified the male suspect as Robert Petty, age 47 of Newton. Investigation revealed that Petty was observed to be taking an unknown item(s) from his pocket and pushing it into a bush. Items in question were subsequently identified as twelve (12) wax folds of suspected heroin in addition to a plastic straw (commonly used to ingest C.D.S.) with residue observed.

    As a result, Petty was taken into custody, processed and charged with the following offenses:

    N.J.S. 2C: 35-10A(1) - Possession, Use or Being Under the Influence, or Failure to Make Lawful Disposition of CDS (3rd Degree).

    N.J.S. 2C:36-2 - Possession of Drug Paraphrenalia (Disorderly Persons).

    N.J.S. 2C:28-6(1) - Tampering with or Fabricating Physical evidence (4th Degree).

    N.J.S. 2C:29-3B(1) - Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (4th Degree).

    Petty was lodged at the Sussex County Jail. Officers Involved: Patrolman Edward Sperling, Patrolman Russel Post

    On 7/31/19 at 11:18 a.m., the Newton Police Department received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a three car motor vehicle accident with a possible roll-over at the intersection of Sparta Avenue, Sussex Street, and Diller Avenue.

    Upon arrival, investigation revealed that Mackenzie Kratzsch, age 23 of Newton, was traveling north on Sussex Street in a 2017 Kia Sorento and failed to stop for the red light causing her to collide with a 2013 Dodge Ram being driven by Joseph DeLuca, age 37 of Vernon who was traveling east on Sparta Avenue.

    The force of the collision caused DeLuca's vehicle to spin into the westbound lane of Sparta Avenue, overturn, and strike a 2019 Kia Niro that was traveling west on Sparta Avenue. This vehicle was driven by Thomas Marchese, age 48, of Stillwater.

    DeLuca’s passenger, Ian Wolverton, age 28 of Vernon was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be removed by the Newton Fire Department.

    All of the parties involved in the accident were treated by the Newton First Aid Squad and refused medical attention at the scene. All of the vehicles were removed from the scene by Newton Gulf. Kratzsch was issued a summons for the following:

    39:8-1 Failure to Observe Traffic Signal.

    The accident resulted in Sparta Avenue being closed for approximately 1 hour. Officers involved: Ptl. John Flanagan, Sgt.Thomas Muller, Ptl. Anthony Keiling, Ofc. Judy Torres and S/O Raul Couce. Assisting at the scene were the Newton Fire Department and the Newton First Aid Squad.