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Sheriff’s OfficeNews Room: September 2013

TRIAD law enforcement seminar to be held in October

  • Posted: September 24, 2013

On Friday, October 25, 2013, Sussex County TRIAD will be hosting a law enforcement seminar for seniors at Selective Insurance, 40 Wantage Avenue in the Borough of Branchville from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a free continental breakfast included.

TRIAD

The seminar will include classes on Internet security, home preparedness, home security and a demonstration by the Sussex County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.

Seniors will have the opportunity to meet with local law enforcement officers and county personnel to gather information on current crimes affecting seniors, facts to combat unwarranted fear of crime, problems faced by seniors and programs that are offered by both the Sussex County Division of Senior Services and the New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required. To register, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address), TRIAD coordinator at 973.579.0888, ext. 2506.

Woman arrested in Newton on Paterson warrants

  • Posted: September 24, 2013
  • Arrested: Natasha McCoy, age 31, of Hamburg, NJ.

On Friday, September 20, 2013, while assigned to the probation department at the Sussex County Superior Court courthouse in Newton, Sheriff’s Officer Joseph Cahill encountered Natasha McCoy.

Officer Cahill believed McCoy to be the subject of an outstanding warrant and subsequently detained her. Further investigation revealed McCoy to be the subject of multiple warrants from Paterson Municipal Court.

Officer Cahill immediately arrested McCoy and transported her to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Natasha McCoy was lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Andover Township probationer arrested

  • Posted: September 23, 2013
  • Arrested: Courtney Leigh Devito, age 20, of Andover Township, NJ.

On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, while assigned to the probation department at the Sussex County Superior Court courthouse in Newton, Sheriff’s Officer Richard Nikola was advised by probation staff that one of the probationers present that evening, Ms. Courtney L. Devito, was the subject of an outstanding warrant.

Officer Nikola detained Ms. Devito until he could confirm the warrant and then placed her under arrest. Devito was subsequently transported to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Courtney L. Devito was lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility without bail.

USMC deserter arrested at courthouse

  • Posted: September 22, 2013
  • Arrested: Steven Moyet, age 27, of Hamburg, NJ.

On Thursday, September 5, 2013, while assigned to courtroom security at the Sussex County Superior Court courthouse in Newton, Sheriff’s Officer William Ficacci encountered Steven Moyet.

Believing Moyet to be the subject of an outstanding federal warrant, Officer Ficacci detained him until the warrant could be confirmed.

While waiting for the warrant to be confirmed, Sheriff’s Detective William Lunger arrived to assist. Further investigation revealed Moyet had deserted from the United States Marine Corps several months earlier.

Upon confirmation of the warrant, Moyet was immediately arrested and transported to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Steven Moyet was lodged without bail in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility and he remained there until September 10, 2013, whereupon he was returned to the care and custody of the United States Marine Corps military police.

DWI arrest in Wantage

  • Posted: September 13, 2013
  • Arrested: Kurt A. Takach, age 45, of Montague, NJ.

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, while assigned to countywide community policing duties, Sheriff’s Officer Johnny Swords observed a 2001 red colored Chevrolet pickup truck, operated by Kurt Takach, failing to maintain his lane and driving in excess of the posted speed limit.

Officer Swords pulled the vehicle over and approached to speak with the driver. Upon speaking with Mr. Takach and observing him attempt to perform several basic sobriety tests, Officer Swords determined him to be intoxicated. Takach was subsequently arrested and transported to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Takach was charged with the following offenses: reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to exhibit documents, DWI and speeding.

He was given a future court date to appear in Wantage Municipal Court and released to the care of a responsible person.

Sheriff’s Officer Samantha Schilling and Sergeant John Gray assisted in the arrest.

Crime Stoppers 5K/10K Race Results

  • Posted: September 10, 2013

Participants raced against crime at the Sussex County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 7, 2013. View the race results

Thank you to our sponsors and all who took part in this great event. See you next year!

Probationer arrested by sheriff’s officer

  • Posted: September 9, 2013
  • Arrested: Angel N. Robles, age 21, of Vernon, NJ.

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, while assigned to the probation department at the Sussex County Superior Court courthouse in Newton, Sheriff’s Officer Johnny Swords observed Angel N. Robles.

Believing Robles to be the subject of an outstanding Superior Court warrant, Officer Swords detained him. Upon confirmation of the warrant, Robles was arrested and transported to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Robles was initially lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility without bail. He has since been sentenced to serve an additional 30 days in the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP).

Driver using cell phone leads to DWI arrest

  • Posted: September 9, 2013
  • Arrested: David M. Ireland, age 32, of Augusta, NJ.

On Thursday, September 5, 2013, while assigned to patrol duties within the borough of Branchville, Sheriff’s Officer John Swords observed David Ireland talking on a cell phone while driving through Branchville.

Officer Swords initiated a motor vehicle stop and interviewed Mr. Ireland. Upon further investigation, Officer Swords determined Ireland was intoxicated. Officer Swords arrested Ireland and transported him to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Ireland was charged with the following offenses: driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electronic device and possession of an open container/alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

He was given a future court date to appear in Branchville Borough Municipal Court and released to the care of a responsible party.

Sheriff’s Officer Samantha Schilling and Sergeant John Gray assisted in the arrest.

Man arrested at courthouse in Newton

  • Posted: September 9, 2013
  • Arrested: Shawn Guerrero, age 28, of Landing, NJ.

On Friday, September 6, 2013, while assigned to courtroom security at the Sussex County Superior Court courthouse in Newton, Sheriff’s Officer Robert Jacoby observed Shawn Guerrero.

Believing Mr. Guerrero to be the subject of an outstanding Superior Court warrant, Officer Jacoby detained Mr. Guerrero until the warrant was confirmed. Upon confirmation, Officer Jacoby arrested Guerrero and transported him to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Guerrero was lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility where he remains incarcerated in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Dingmans Ferry woman arrested for DWI in Frankford Township

  • Posted: September 9, 2013
  • Arrested: Jamie L. Zita, age 26, of Dingmans Ferry, PA.

On Saturday, August 31, 2013, while assigned to countywide DWI enforcement as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide DWI campaign, Sheriff’s Officer Scott Haggerty observed a dark colored Honda Civic, operated by Jamie L. Zita, driving in excess of the posted speed limit on CR 655 in Frankford Township.

Officer Haggerty pulled the vehicle over and spoke with Ms. Zita. After speaking with her and observing her attempt to perform several sobriety tests, Officer Haggerty determined Zita to be impaired. She was immediately arrested and transported to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Zita was charged with the following offenses: driving while intoxicated, speeding, reckless driving and failure to exhibit proof of valid insurance.

She was given a future date to appear in Frankford Township Municipal Court and released to the care of a responsible person.

Sheriff’s Officer Samantha Schilling assisted in the arrest.

Drunk driver leaves scene of accident, breaks down

  • Posted: September 9, 2013
  • Arrested: Joseph S. Selobyt Jr, age 44, of Branchville, NJ.

On Thursday, August 29, 2013, Sergeant John Gray observed a severely damaged vehicle which had broken down in the roadway of CR 633 in Hampton Township.

Upon speaking with the driver of the vehicle, Joseph S. Selobyt, and then observing him attempt to perform several sobriety tests, Sgt. Gray determined him to be impaired.

Further investigation revealed a trail of fluids and vehicular debris which led to the site of a motor vehicle accident on CR 617 in Stillwater Township which Selobyt had fled from before breaking down.

Selobyt was arrested and transported to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing. He was charged with the following offenses: reckless driving, driving while suspended, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, failure to report a motor vehicle accident and driving while intoxicated.

Selobyt was given a future court date to appear in Wantage-Sussex-Stillwater Joint Municipal Court and released to the care of a responsible person.

Sheriff’s Officers Samantha Schilling and Johnny Swords assisted in the arrest.

A charge is an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty. If you have any questions regarding anything published herein, please contact the Public Information Office at 973.579.0865, ext. 2010.


Sheriff Michael Strada