Sparta Blotter

Sparta /
12 Aug 2019 | 02:36


On 08/09/2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m., P.O. Brian Porter stopped a black Ford Fiesta, travelling Rt. 15 north, for failing to maintain its’ lane. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Porter observed two white males within the vehicle. The driver, 24 yr old Brandon Soares of Milford, PA, stated that he was not very good at driving a stick shift. Officer Porter requested backup assistance, which arrived on scene. Officer Porter observed a wax fold, which is used to store heroin, on the vehicle’s console.

A search of the vehicle yielded (11) wax folds of heroin that were full and (45) empty wax folds throughout the vehicle. Mr. Soares took ownership of the heroin that was found. A further search of the vehicle revealed a cigarette pack which belonged to the passenger, 25 yr old Kevin Leisenheimer of Milford, PA, containing (23) wax folds of heroin.

Both men were placed under arrest and transported to Sparta Police HQ to be processed. Mr. Soares was charged with: Poss. of Heroin, Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia, Cds in a MV, Failure to Maintain Lane, Maintenance of Lamps and Failure to Exhibit an Insurance Card. Mr. Leisenheimer was charged with: Poss. of Heroin and Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia. Both men were advised of mandatory court appearances and released.


On 8/10/2019 at approximately 2:15 a.m., P.O. Thomas Herd responded to the parking lot of the Bagel Station for a report of a disabled vehicle. Once on scene, Officer Herd was informed that a passenger, 60 yr old Terence Jones of Queens, NY, had an active bench warrant out of Essex County. Mr. Jones was placed under arrest and transported to Sparta Police HQ for processing. Essex County was contacted and requested that Sparta Police lodge Mr. Jones in the Sussex County jail until that could respond to pick him up. Mr. Jones was transported to the jail and turned over to jail personnel without incident. HIT AND RUN ENDS WITH DWI ARREST

On 8/5/2019 at approximately 9 p.m., patrols responded to the area of Rt 15 and Woodport Rd for a report of an erratic driver that just struck another vehicle and left the scene. The driver of the vehicle that was struck in the rear, followed the suspect vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Malibu bearing Maryland plates, from Woodport Rd to Main St., where the vehicle pulled into a parking lot. P.O. Michael Poon located the vehicle and approached it. The driver, 47 yr old Maureen Mead of Timonium, MD, told Officer Poon that she was from out of town and was lost. Officer Poon asked Ms. Mead if she was aware that she struck another vehicle on Rt. 15 and she replied that she was unaware that she had been involved in an accident. Officer Poon detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and asked Ms. Mead to step out of the vehicle to perform Field Sobriety tests. Upon completion of testing, Ms. Mead was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to Sparta Police HQ for processing. Upon completion of breath testing, Ms. Mead was charged with: DWI, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, Failure to Keep Right, Failure to report an Accident, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Improper Use of Cellphone While Driving. She was advised of a mandatory court appearance and released to a responsible party.


On 8/6/2019 at approximately 10:30 am, P.O. Matthew Pletcher stopped a grey Chrysler Minivan, on East Shore Trail, for failing to signal its’ turn. Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the driver, 50 yr old Jose Gonzalez of Newark, NJ, Officer Pletcher determined that Mr. Gonzalez did not have a driver’s license. A check of Mr. Gonzalez’s name revealed that he was unlicensed and had a state issued I.D. number, which was suspended. It also revealed an m.v. warrant for $250 out of Union Township. Mr. Gonzalez was placed under arrest and transported to Sparta Police HQ for processing. He was charged with: Failing to Signal Turn, Failure to Change Address, Unlicensed Driver and Suspended Driver. Union Township was contacted and issued a new court date for Mr. Gonzalez. He was advised of a mandatory court appearance and released.