Newton Police Department

  • Agency: Newton Police Department
  • Address: 39 Trinity St, Newton , 07860 NJ
  • Chief: Michael Richards (Chief of Police)
Phone: 973-383-2525
Fax: 973-383-0090

Newton Police Department is located at 39 Trinity St, Newton , 07860 NJ. The Chief of Police of the department is Michael Richards. The Newton Police Department phone number is 973-383-2525.

Newton Police Department News

The 59th Annual PBA Small Fry Trout Fishing Contest will be held this year on Saturday May 5th from 8am to 3pm at the Sussex County Community College. This longstanding event was started by Newton Police Sergeant Clarence "Ish" Friedland and the tradition has been carried on by members of Sussex County PBA Local 138. Trout are stocked before the contest. Kids fish free on Saturday and win prizes, adults can fish on Sunday from 6am to noon for $20.

Congratulations to all the recent graduates of the L.E.A.D. Program Law Enforcement Against Drugs. 81 fifth grade students of Halsted Middle School completed the program instructed by Det. Tom Tosti over the past ten weeks. Earlier today, students were treated to a terrific presentation on positivity by Cornell Thomas - Several students were also presented with awards for their posters and essays. Newton Public Schools

Walk and/or drive in Newton? Take a quick safety survey and enter a raffle for a $100 Visa Gift Card! Thank you!

The County resurfacing project will begin on Rt. 519 and will include a portion in the Town of Newton [West End Ave.] on Monday April 16th. Patrolmen from Newton PD will be working with Sussex County Sheriff's Officers to help direct traffic safely while this work is performed.

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. We thank all our dedicated 911 Telecommunicators and want to recognize their service and commitment to the profession. In March 1942 the Newton Police Department began staffing police headquarters 24 hours a day which enabled residents to be able to call or come into the station at any given time. This, along with the installation of a two-way radio system that followed shortly thereafter, allowed the Newton Police Department to begin basic dispatching services. Then, more than 25 years ago, we began taking our first 9-1-1 calls. For the past 76 years the “dispatch center”, also known as “Cencom”, has grown and evolved into a state of the art 9-1-1 communications center, keeping pace with advancing technology so as to provide everyone with the best help possible during an emergency. Our PST’s are dedicated professionals whose expertise comes from years of training and experience. Many possess strong backgrounds in firefighting, EMS or law enforcement. In addition to responding to calls for help from the public, they are the lifeline for our first responders. Please join us in thanking them for the great work they perform throughout the year.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month #JustDrive

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month #JustDrive

The 2017 Annual Report for the Police Department was recently published and can be viewed online here: The entire Annual Report for the Town of Newton is available on the website.

Great job to all agencies involved with this case, demonstrating great cooperative investigations across jurisdictions.

Since July 2016, Sussex County law enforcement agencies have been working hard together with treatment providers to help those struggling with addiction through the Sussex County CLEAR Program. The entire community benefits from this program - individuals, families, employers, businesses - everyone. More help, more work is urgently needed. Newton Medical Center The Center for Prevention & Counseling Sussex County Government PAARI

Stop by Weis Markets and see Officers from Newton and Andover Police who are collecting food today for the Sussex County food pantry until 2pm. #CramTheCruiser

We'll be at Weis Markets today from 10am to 2pm; help us "Cram the Cruiser" as we join with other Police Departments across the County to collect donations to stock the Sussex County food pantry.

The Police Departments, Sheriff’s Office and New Jersey State Police Troopers of Sussex County are teaming up to conduct the second annual Sussex County wide Cram the Cruiser food drive to collect food donations for Sussex County residents in need of assistance. We are asking for the public’s help in making donations of all food items to Cram the Cruisers. All donations will be provided to Sussex County’s Social Services food pantry which provides food to residents in need within Sussex County and weekend meals for children involved in school free lunch programs. The Social Services Food Pantry is part of the Sussex County Division of Social Services (County Welfare Office). The Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers and its mission is “To Feed People” living in Sussex County (food collected does not go out of the county). The Pantry feeds people that come into the Social Services Office for food and sends food to other county food pantries when they are in need. The Pantry also feeds weekend meals to almost 500 children each week. Food needed for the children’s weekend meals: Chicken noodle soup, canned tuna or chicken (5 oz), mac and cheese, chewy granola bars, oatmeal packets, fruit snacks, ramen noodles, meals in a can like spaghettios, ravioli, beefaroni, beef stew or chili. Food needed for the food pantry: Mac and Cheese, tuna or chicken in a can, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, hearty soups, pasta and pasta sauce, meals in a can, rice, instant potatoes, pancake mix and syrup, canned fruit, baby food & formula, diapers, personal hygiene products. In addition to the items listed any other food, cash or gift card donations will be accepted. Fresh and frozen turkeys and hams can also be donated. Donations will be accepted at all Police Departments in Sussex County and the NJ State Police Barracks lobbies in the county 24 hours a day starting on March 15th through March 31st and at the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Donations can also be dropped off at the Mohawk House Restaurant located a 3 Sparta Junction in Sparta, NJ from noon until 10PM every day. Officers from every department will be volunteering their time to assist in the collection of donations of food items and will be at the following locations with cruisers to be crammed: Byram – Shop-Rite Plaza March 24th & 25th 10AM – 6PM, March 28th 4PM – 8PM, March 31st 10AM – 6PM Franklin – Weis, Shop-Rite and Wal-Mart parking lots March 24th 10AM – 6PM Newton – Weis parking lot March 31st 10AM – 2 PM Sparta – Stop And Shop parking lot March 31st 10AM – 5PM Vernon – Acme parking lot March 31st 8AM to noon

Struck Pedestrian - Driver Issued Summons Newton Police received a 9-1-1 call on Friday March 9, 2018 at 12:33pm of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Spring Street and Madison Street. Upon arrival, police found a 50-year-old female, Michele Krasnomowitz, a resident of Hamburg, sitting near the marked crosswalk on Madison Street being assisted by witnesses. Investigating Officers determined that Matthew Miglin, a 53-year-old resident of Hampton Township, was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado west on Spring Street when he abruptly made a left turn onto Madison Street and struck Krasnomowitz who was in the crosswalk, knocking her to the ground, causing a head injury. Witnesses indicated they observed Krasnomowitz in the crosswalk walking east when she was struck by the Miglin. Mrs. Krasnomowitz was transported by Newton First Aid Squad to the Newton Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment of her injuries. Miglin was issued a summons for failure to observe a pedestrian in a crosswalk – NJS 39:4-36. The incident was investigated by Ptl. Kenneth Teets, assisted by DSG. Steve VanNieuwland and Ptl. Scott Vertetis. MOTORISTS in New Jersey MUST stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject you to one or more of the following: >2 POINTS >$200 FINE (plus court costs) >15 DAYS COMMUNITY SERVICE >INSURANCE SURCHARGES Learn more about pedestrian safety Street Smart NJ **Please note that all individuals who are charged with a criminal offense are presumed innocent until found guilty in a Court of law.**

Our Officers continue to patrol the roads, assisting motorists and responding to calls for service, however heavy snow has worsened driving conditions - please stay off the roads and help our State, County and Municipal plow truck drivers safely work.

Warming center opening at #1 firehouse on Mill Street this morning - Newton Emergency Management

Newton Town hall offices are closed today, March 2nd.

Shoplifting Arrests – Drug Possession, Multi-Agency Investigation Officers responded to the Kohl’s Department Store on North Park Drive on Wednesday February 28, 2018 at 2:22 PM for a report of a shoplifting. Employees reported a male shoplifted multiple vacuum cleaners and ran out of the store, knocking the sliding door off of its tracks, to a waiting vehicle with a driver and fled the scene. A search of the immediate area was negative for the suspect vehicle. The vehicle and suspect descriptions were then shared with other agencies to be on the lookout for them. The shoplifted vacuums were described as I-Robot vacuums with total value of $1709.97. A review of surveillance video footage revealed the suspect vehicle license plate number and it was further learned that the suspect vehicle was involved in similar shoplifting incidents at Kohl’s stores in Wayne, Clifton and Succasunna. At about 2:38 PM, the NJ State Police reported that they had the suspect vehicle stopped on Route 15 in Sparta Twp. near the Lafayette Twp. line. Troopers recovered the stolen vacuum cleaners and also found the suspects to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. The shoplifting suspect, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was identified as Jordan Gonchoroff, age 23 of Ridgewood NJ. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Christopher Basenese, age 35 of Budd Lake NJ. Once the State Police were finished with charging and processing the two, they were then taken to Newton PD where they were charged with the following: • Gonchoroff – Shoplifting NJS 2C:20-11b(1) [Third Degree Crime] • Basenese – Conspiracy to Commit Shoplifting NJS 2C:5-2a(1) of 2C:20-11b(1). [Third Degree Crime] Both subjects were served summons complaints and released on their own recognizance pending Court. The stolen property was returned Kohl’s. The case was investigated by Ptl. Mahir Kaylani and assisted by Ptl. Scott Vertetis, Det. Sgt. Steve VanNieuwland and Det. Joseph D’Annibale as well as Detectives and Troopers from the New Jersey State Police. Case information was shared with all other agencies where related criminal activity may have occurred. **Please note that all individuals who are charged with a criminal offense are presumed innocent until found guilty in a Court of law.**

On 2/25/18 at 8:54p.m., Newton Police were dispatched to the area of Plainfield Avenue for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, witnesses indicated that a white Jeep backed into a parked vehicle and left the scene heading towards West Nelson Street. Subsequently, responding patrols located the vehicle in question at the intersection of West Nelson Street and Ridgewood Avenue. Investigation revealed that the driver, Ernest Wallace, age 58, of Madison Street, Newton was intoxicated and he was arrested for being under the influence. As a result, Wallace was issued summonses for the following offenses: 39:4-97 Careless Driving 39:4-129b Leaving the Scene of an Accident 39:4-130 Failure to Report an Accident 39:4-50 Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence Investigating Officers: Ptl. Russell Post, Ptl. Jose Morales, Sgt. Thomas Muller --------------------------------------------- Please visit for more information. Requests for further information can be directed to the Public Information Officer at 973-383-2525. **Please note that all individuals who are charged with a criminal offense are presumed innocent until found guilty in a Court of law.** #NewtonPD #NewtonNJ