Hackettstown in the News. 2020 edition

A popular scam involving fake checks and gift cards took a new twist that snared a Warren County, NJ woman, Hackettstown police said. The ruse involves a scammer mailing a fake or fraudulent check to a target, with the plan for the target to depos...
https://www.syracuse.com/us-news/2020/01/check-scammer-posed-as-new-kids-on-the-block-member.html

Bug3
Jan '20

Ugh! Will these people ever get jobs and earn an honest living? Lots of jobs available out there.

Thanks for starting this new thread, Bug3.

Calico696 Calico696
Jan '20

Can you believe she cashed the check......

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Jan '20

Someone posing as Jordan Knight didn’t send up a red flag?

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Jan '20

Sounds like she was arrested for bank fraud

Bug3
Jan '20

http://www.hackettstownpd.net/News___Press_Releases.html

Police release a few videos showing break-ins at two separate locations. Asking for help from the public in identifying the crooks.

The clown in the one video went out of his way to leave as many fingerprints as he could it seems! LOL

https://www.facebook.com/hackettstownpd/videos/479342419442914/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

https://www.facebook.com/hackettstownpd/videos/2341534565947279/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

https://www.facebook.com/hackettstownpd/videos/757765214717802/?epa=SEARCH_BOX


That woman was so gullible, that I don't know whether to feel sorry for her or not. It's just so outrageous to think someone 42 would fall for it. I hope she learned her lesson and others learn by it.

DogDayAfternoon
Jan '20

"Police release a few videos showing break-ins at two separate locations. Asking for help from the public in identifying the crooks.

The clown in the one video went out of his way to leave as many fingerprints as he could it seems! LOL"

It's all the same robbery just from different cameras.


Looks like all they took was cigarettes. SMH

Calico696 Calico696
Jan '20

There were two robberies. It seems I only posted the one location with the various views.

Here is the second robbery video.

https://www.facebook.com/hackettstownpd/videos/619137908657923/

https://www.facebook.com/hackettstownpd/videos/523863844882195/


I even saw this on the Channel 7 News tonight. What a jerk, I hope he is local and someone knows him. (or if out of town, someone sees these videos and turns the idiot in!)

Hackresident Hackresident
Jan '20

Saw some chatter on facebook that some friends of his know who it is and they are turning him in........whether it's true or not I don't know, but this is obv. a kid who is NOT a harddened criminal....Owner of that store is such a nice man, it breaks my heart he has to deal with this.....But I bet it won't be long before they nail at least the one from Express Mart.

littlelu littlelu
Jan '20

They got him! The Express Mart dude anyway....... https://www.facebook.com/hackettstownpd/photos/a.310206102368995/2775596172496630/?type=3&theater

littlelu littlelu
Jan '20

Awesome! I can't wait for the release of the name. My wife and I have a very short list of who we were thinking it is. I'd be curious if we are correct.


Looked like the same guy in both break-ins to me, at first, but then watched again and the BP guy had more pep in his step to get what he wanted and get out.
The other fool was just that, a fool.
Glad they got the one. I'm sure the other will be picked up soon enough.

As for the Mansfield woman who fell for the check fraud, they need to look more into her story. AND IF that singers name was being used for fraud, HOW CAN SHE BE THAT STUPID!!??

Botheredbyuu2 Botheredbyuu2
Jan '20

Put down the dope, put down the Meth. Get to work...


Woman stabs person in dispute about having beer inside home, police say
A 46-year Mansfield Township woman stabbed a male after confronting him about having beer inside a residence in Hackettstown, police report. Officers were called at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to an apartment in the 200 block of Main Street to assist in a ...
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/01/woman-stabs-person-in-dispute-about-having-beer-inside-home-police-say.html

Bug3
Jan '20

What's wrong with having beer at home? Geez.... Psycho....

Metsman Metsman
Jan '20

Good thing he didn't have a bottle of Jack......

Calico696 Calico696
Jan '20

what the h-ll happened to the trash that's became part of Hackettstown?

Hackresident Hackresident
Jan '20

From Warren County Department of Public Safety's FB page:

A message from the Public Safety Director:

It has come to my attention that our friend Sergeant Perkins, Hackettstown PD is in need of our support. Sgt. Perkins was diagnosed with renal carcinoma in 2019 and requires blood transfusions. The Mansfield PBA #369 will be hosting a blood drive at the Miller Street Firehouse from 0900hrs to 1500hrs on Saturday January 25th.

This blood drive will not only help Sgt. Perkins but will also be of assistance for two other young Hackettstown residents stricken with cancer. Please come out and donate if you can. Walk-ins are welcome but it is best to make an appointment by calling 1-800-933-2566 or by visiting the New York Blood Centers website: donate.nybc.org

Calico696 Calico696
Jan '20

15 year old charged for gas station robbery.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/2020/01/15-year-old-charged-in-gas-station-smash-and-grab-burglary-cops-say.html

Calico696 Calico696
Jan '20

Maybe if he had a longer school day......

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Jan '20

From a Hackettstown Police press release on fb today....."Parminderjeet S. Sandhu, 66, of Long Valley, New Jersey, and Paramjit Singh, 62, of Ohio, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to informations charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud."

4catmom 4catmom
Jan '20

Links are important. Here's the link to the Sandhu article from WRNJ.

https://wrnjradio.com/doctor-with-offices-in-warren-morris-counties-and-accomplice-admit-to-2m-health-care-fraud-scheme

Calico696 Calico696
Jan '20

Couldn't link because it was on fb and I know not everyone has it...............

4catmom 4catmom
Jan '20

Press Release (1/28/20): Doctor and Co-Defendant Admit Roles in Health Care Fraud Scheme

TRENTON, N.J. – A doctor with offices in Washington, Hackettstown, and Succasunna, New Jersey, and his co-defendant today admitted their roles in a health care conspiracy to bill Medicare and private health insurance companies for medical services fraudulently claimed to have been provided by a licensed medical doctor, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Parminderjeet S. Sandhu, 66, of Long Valley, New Jersey, and Paramjit Singh, 62, of Ohio, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to informations charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

“Dr. Sandhu defrauded Medicare and private insurers – and, worse, put his patients at risk – by allowing those patients to be treated by Singh, a man who had lost his medical license,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “Our office continues to work tirelessly to protect the integrity of federal healthcare programs and to make sure that patients do not suffer unnecessary harm from unscrupulous healthcare providers like these two defendants.”

“It's frightening to think that your doctor could be putting your health in the hands of someone who is practicing without a license,” FBI Newark Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie said. “Dr. Sandhu put his patients at risk while defrauding them as well as their insurers. The FBI remains committed to investing its resources to combat these types of schemes because patients have every right to expect that the care they are receiving is from a qualified medical professional who is acting in the patient's best interest. We urge anyone who is aware of healthcare fraud to contact us.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From August 2014 through October 2017, Sandhu and Singh caused $2,211,975 to be billed to Medicare and private health insurance companies for medical services claimed to have been provided by Sandhu at Sandhu’s medical practice, Medical Care Associates Urgent Care Inc. In reality, those services were actually performed by Singh, whom Sandhu had hired to treat patients, despite knowing that Singh had lost his license to practice medicine anywhere in the United States. Sandhu issued prescriptions – including prescriptions for opioids – in Sandhu’s name for patients seen by Singh, even though Sandhu never met with the patients himself. As a result of the conspiracy, Sandhu’s medical practice was paid $1,162,253 for treatment fraudulently provided by Singh.

Under terms of the plea agreement, if the court accepts the plea, each defendant will be sentenced to 18 months in prison. In addition, Sandhu and Singh have each agreed to pay $1,162,253 in restitution. Sandhu has agreed to forfeiture of $829,561 and Singh has agreed to forfeiture of $332,692. Sentencing is scheduled for April 28, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ehrie, and the Hackettstown and Roxbury police departments with the investigation leading to today’s guilty pleas.

littlelu littlelu
Jan '20

I have to say Im happy to see the outcome of this. I remember when it was first reported that Sanduh hired Singh and that he didnt have a license......just glad to see the follow up and that Sandhu will spend a bit of time in jail.....I think if the plea is accepted it'll be 18 months and of course pay back quite a bit of money.....

I use to go to him all the time, but we stopped years ago. After he brought on his son. His son had made some very stupid mistakes with where I was suppose to get an MRI on....I mean it was the kind of mistake that made me feel like he paid no attention at all to what I was saying.....The office was becoming nothing more then a money making machine.....which apparently that's exactly what was happening....

littlelu littlelu
Jan '20

Is Sandhu still a Doctor ? Or did he lose his license ?

PREDATOR PREDATOR
Jan '20

Thanks for posting this info. I was just wondering yesterday what ever happened to the case.

Hopeful Hopeful
Jan '20

They were all let loose and are practicing with happy patients today :)


Convicted, fined required to pay almost 2 million in fines and restitution, may be sentenced up to 18 months in prison.

Hondo Hondo
Feb '20

https://www.dailyitem.com/news/snyder_county/susquehanna-university-student-facing-felony-drug-charges/article_f42c4016-d490-580b-8a71-a50a14c8d1ce.html

From Boy Scout to Campus Drug Dealer


Matthew A. Cassini

Guess Who
Feb '20

"Witnesses told police that Cassini left the drugs and paraphernalia in their room because he believed his room was going to be searched, court records said."

Hey man, not my drugs. I was holding the bag for a friend.......

maja2 maja2
Feb '20

That will hurt the resume

Timmy
Feb '20

Somebody must have been pretty bored to search for stuff like that on the internet...and then pretty nasty to share it

Bug3
Feb '20

Bored? Hardly. Got the link from someone else. Nasty? Nope. What's nasty is what this kid was doing. That's nasty. Should we hide and cover up "nasty" stuff like this? I don't think so. It's in the news for a reason. Complain to the police department that arrested him for being "nasty" in doing so.

Somebody must be related/friends with the family.

Guess Who
Feb '20

He doesn't live in Hackettstown any more...sounds like someone just trying to start trouble

Bug3
Feb '20

People make mistakes...and they pay for them...but to try to humiliate them publically just because you can...by posting a link and then his name for an incident not related to Hackettstown area...seems like a personal vendetta against the kid or his family....if the incident happened around Hackettstown...post away...then it becomes a public concern but to dig something up some stupid college kid did in another state seems abit silly

Bug3
Feb '20

$100 says the kid was getting the product locally and selling it at school... which makes it relevant locally. Maybe he got it in Warren County or maybe he made trips to Spanish Harlem, but I seriously doubt he set up a weed and coke connection in Susquehanna PA as a college freshman from out of state...

ianimal ianimal
Feb '20

Bremner, Hackettstown wrestlers on verge of ‘something special’
These are exciting times to be a Hackettstown wrestler. “We have the feeling we can do something great,” said senior 138-pounder Christian Bremner. “This is the first time I have seen our team this way. I can’t even explain the difference in the t...
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/highschoolsports/2020/02/bremner-hackettstown-wrestlers-on-verge-of-something-special.html

Bug3
Feb '20

I don't know which is more disgusting... what this guy did or the people who defend him.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/02/former-tech-employee-at-moravian-centenary-downloaded-thousands-of-images-of-child-porn.html

ianimal ianimal
Feb '20

He might want to try to be a top 5% citizen instead.....

Metsman Metsman
Feb '20

Despicable! Lock him up!

Calico696 Calico696
Feb '20

Trader Joe’s or aldi should go in the old a&p in mt olive or what’s left of it after the gym or even a Whole Foods I know population blah blah blah perfect size though


It would also be nice to see something go in the old Acme in Washington

Abc123
Feb '20

It appears the Dunkin was robbed the other night. Police looking for help.

https://wrnjradio.com/hackettstown-police-investigate-burglary-at-dunkin-donuts-video/


Douchebaggery at its finest...


Inside job.??

Lamppost Lamppost
Apr '20

I donut know, makes my eyes glazed over. But lets not powder sugar this over, looks like family, a dumb-kin no doubt. Or the hole in the wall cream-filled gang.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Apr '20

Not only did it look as though the door was propped open or unlocked, but the perp knew exactly where the cash drawer keys were and used them, leaving fingerprints on the drawer and keys. Didn't look as though they were even wearing gloves. While many places have the measuring tape on the door going out, they don't normally have that on the back door. That said, they definitely look thin and are wearing rather clunky boots, rather than sneakers. They also headed back towards Greenview Gardens where they'd be less likely to be spotted and questioned why they were out with everything closed. Doesn't mean they live there, but you never know until they catch the person.

Doesn't this place have an alarm? If so, then someone must not have set it when they closed. Seeing as how it was normally open all the time, I could see them not having one though.

Phil D. Phil D.
Apr '20

So there was money in the register and the key left in the lock of the cash drawer. Doesn't make any sense.

Lynnada Lynnada
Apr '20

Lynnada

As they approach the drive through window, they seem to be looking in and they even hesitate to take a good look at 0:04, then proceed to the door. Looks like they may have been checking to see if the key was still in the register, or was perhaps hanging nearby. You can't tell if it was in there already for sure, since their body covers up whether or not they were putting the key in or not. It looks as though they may have, then gotten closer to turn and open it.

No matter what, it seems as though security there is lax or nonexistent. It also looks as though they may be left-handed, since they use the left hand on the key and to take most of the money out of the till sections to then put the cash in their right hand. As a righty, I keep cash in the left pocket and hold it in that hand while I use the right hand to go through it to give to a cashier. Maybe that's not a normal thing, but if so, then it does point to them being a lefty.

Phil D. Phil D.
Apr '20

Yes, I wasn't sure about the key, it was difficult to see in the video. Yeah, pretty poor security going on there.

Lynnada Lynnada
Apr '20

Back in the 70’s I worked in a restaurant and we always left $50.00 in the cash register to make sure they had change in the morning. We always left the key in the the register drawer as the register was more expensive to replace than the $50.


LAH

In many places, such as the stores I managed, once the cash drawers were counted out and the amount over the starting till was taken out for deposit, they went into the change safe where they were locked down for the night. The register drawers were then left open so that people could see that there was nothing in there to steal. No register damage, no money taken. Unless you have another set of keys, it's usually not a good idea to leave them in the register, since a thief could take them for spite and for possible easy access to an unattended register at a later date. It's also a temptation, for those who are on the edge of honesty. As they usually say, "locks are for honest people".

Phil D. Phil D.
Apr '20

Isn't that dunkin donuts usually open 24 hours? ( not during Corona obviously)... I know it used to be

Bug3
Apr '20

Bug3

Yes, it was until the Corona semi-lockdown. I've been by there at all times of the night and it was open, even back in '95 when my ex and I first moved into GG right across the street. The noise in the parking lot in the middle of the night used to drive her batty since she had to be up at 4:30AM...

Phil D. Phil D.
Apr '20

100% increase in covid-19 cases in Hackettstown in one day.
Yesterday 10, today 20 cases.
STAY HOME .... and if you MUST go out wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

happiest girl
Apr '20

Happiest girl if you work an essential job you could be bringing it home. Just cuz there’s cases doesn’t mean any of them are in the hospital.

Metsman Metsman
Apr '20

happiest girl

No, sorry but your numbers are a bit off. Here's the timeline from when I first started getting reports. We were at 4 on 3/24, 5 on 3/25 - 9, 6 on 3/30, 9 on 3/31 & 4/01, 10 on 4/02, 11 on 4/03, 14 on 4/04, no update on 4/05, then 20 on 4/06 as per the HPD update I got at 7:42PM and the updates I've been getting all along from them via Nixle and email alerts. That makes an approximation of 3 per day as of April 3rd, though from the beginning it seems we've been going up by 1-3 cases per day.

I still agree with your advice though. There's going to be a point where incoming cases overcome resources. While we have 4 recoveries, it may take up to 2 weeks for the ones being treated to be done with their treatment and with 1-3 additional per day, we have to also hope for quicker recoveries and less spreading to keep the influx of patients down.

What worries me is the start of more reporting from areas on Youtube, etc. that are calling "hoax" on this, mainly from the midwest and places where they aren't hit hard yet. People blaming it on 5G rollout and all kinds of ridiculous theories which I don't want to get into. Major figures have already passed away due to complications from it and Britain's PM is now in the ICU, but no proof will be enough for them, until they get it:-(

Phil D. Phil D.
Apr '20

Not a hoax, but this will go down as the greatest overreaction in human history.

Philliesman Philliesman
Apr '20

Philliesman you have no idea what is going on around you regarding the coronavirus. It appears you simply do not understand and consequently some of your statements and actions will put yourself, family, friends and others at greater risk. Society is not overreacting.The coronavirus is a major health disaster rolling across our country and will impact everyone in some way everywhere. Buckle your seat belt. Again this is no overreaction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take it seriously and stay healthy.


As I look at our local numbers, I agree with HG’s conclusion that we are spiking --- at the level Phil D. showed. County-wise, we are rising, not alone, Sussex and Hunterdon are similar. More deaths will follow, now closer to home. We test at a level below S.Korea, I fault Murphy for 1) not telling us and 2) not screaming about it, not asking for our vocal help.

Warren County has 240 cases according to the county for who knows what date and no idea of the dead. They don’t say. The state, as of 4/6, 1pm says 215 cases, 7 dead. I think a week ago, we were around 100.

I first wonder: if we have been in a virtual lock-down for over two weeks, how can our numbers be spiking? We were supposed to dampen the curve. Instead, we seem to be just delaying it. We have been locked-down past the incubation period, so our infections are outside of that, over two weeks after avoiding all contact, how is that possible?

I note the traffic on my rural road, I surmise that many neighbors are essential workers given the amount of traffic, 24x7. Funny to see motorcycle groups that are even riding inside of six feet distance. That actually takes skill. As I go on my essential missions, I see men, in groups of two or three, in really close proximity who must be family members, recovered, or both.

We were warned, we could see it coming, we were told what to do, and we wonder why are we spiking?

The virus has a 2-14 day incubation period, most cases start 2-7 days after contact.
Our lock-down started 3/21, over two weeks ago. Our NJ timeline is:
- 1/21 EWR starts screening
- 3/4: First NJ case: we knew it was coming
- 3/9: Murphy calls for NJ State of Emergency to expedite funding
- 3/10 1st NJ death
- 3/12 Murphy recommends canceling groups of 250 activities, from this point on, many “recommendations” to close stores, malls, schools, etc.
- 3/16 1st testing center opens, schools close, curfew in place
- 3/21 NJ goes into lock-down, essential activities and businesses only

Feel free to suggest other reasons or push back on these, I can only surmise our numbers are spiking because:
- People are being forced to go to work in unsafe conditions
- Close family members are already afflicted
- Border jumpers running from NY areas to second homes
- Compromised by others as they conducted essentials
- People are not following the rules

While the answer may any/all of the above, the last one may also be part of any of the others. And as my Dad used to say: “you just can’t fix stupid.” That may be mean, but frankly, we were told mistakes can mean death and that the risk was significant. Unless we listened to those non-professionals who said different.

We should have seen it coming, we were told what to do. This is on us.

Now we have a new testing center, by appointment only, opening. I fault Murphy for too little, too late. We should have had it two weeks ago. Basically, if you test it, you will find it. And if you find it, that’s the best cure for stupid I can think of. Ask NY. They are not only scared to death, literally, but are should be scaring the heck out of the rest of us too. Refrigerator trucks, denial of service, and tent-city hospitals are scary images.

As our numbers continue to climb out here next to the apocalypse, as I said, the road down the curve will be long and rocky. Anyone’s mistake affects everyone in a war. Given yesterdays’ national spike, I think we can see that. Italy faced the same curve and I pray we are not Italy. God bless, stay safe, be together/apart, follow the rules, contribute locally what you can, when you can, this is war and I, for one, am in it to win it

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Apr '20

Phil D. -- I guess your numbers are more accurate. I don't get Nixle / Email alerts but I saw on hackettstown police facebook the number go from 10 to 20. Guess their facebook posts are not as up to date.

happiest girl
Apr '20

If we only react to what we see presently, we are way behind because we haven’t and aren’t testing enough. Because of that we are way behind on what is actually happening. Therefore, an “overreaction “ is necessary to maybe be at the level of reaction that we should be at. Of course, if it all calms down (because of “overreacting”), then it will look like we overreacted. So, better safe than sorry. Got it?


Now that there is a Warren County testing site, expect to see those numbers increase substantially. Without testing, we really wouldn't have the necessary info for accurate numbers. I am assuming that the "confirmed" numbers are coming from hospitals or other medical facilities that are treating COVID patients. There are most likely many infected, asymptomatic, walking among us at the stores. That is why they've finally suggested everyone wear a mask or facial covering, to try to prevent those people from infecting others unknowingly. Everyone stay safe, protect yourself & those around you, and wash your hands.

Lonesome Dove Lonesome Dove
Apr '20

Dove: I think the County Health Department collects the numbers from all the county testing sites. The State then gets their numbers from them I think. For some reason though, the county neither dates their data nor reports death statistics and reports, apparently, a different time than the state, thus the numbers never agree. I think the county is later, but since a consistent time may not be used, who knows.

The State has a HUGE pile of positives pending, actives and death, which are positive but pending to determine residence locations. Not sure how this is done, but even if you can identify location, there can be issues re: do they live there, caught it there, OR did they come here from another place but catch it here. Not sure how they resolve travelers/visitors and who gets to own the bologna on that one. Every state has than issue.

You are right IMO that if you test it, you will find it. However, information is our best defense, beyond prayer. IF we had been in front of this from the beginning, we would do massive tests, then swat-team forward/backward contacts, quarantine all for 14 days to see what incubates and actually lower the incidence. I believe that's what S.Korea and China did, and S.Korean seems to have best results so far.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Apr '20

" but this will go down as the greatest overreaction in human history"

I would love to know what Philliesman feels in his medical expertise the reaction should have been. What should we have done or not done?

Jim L Jim L
Apr '20

I don’t believe for a second that we’re overreacting. In fact, many people, and many States, are not reacting nearly enough. The goal here should be to do everything possible to make it so that we can look back on this and say it was not nearly as bad as it could have been.

It’s like the Y2K thing. Millions of people think Y2K was a bust; much ado about nothing. But that’s because thousands upon thousands of programmers worked their @sses off for months and months to minimize the damage, and it worked.

There’s a lot we don’t know about this virus, but we DO know, very precisely, how to minimize its spread, and flatten the curve to alleviate strain on our healthcare workers and systems. We just have too many people unwilling to do their part.

Monty Monty
Apr '20

Re: Hackettstown in the News. 2020 edition

Hackettstown Police Department absolutely HAS been keeping us updated every day on their Facebook page, even on 4/5. That one was posted later than usual. Maybe that's the reason a Nixle didn't go out for that day. Which I'm glad, I don't need a text at 10 o'clock at night.

I appreciate and thank them for keeping us informed through FB and Nixle. :)


I just received this with live updates: https://covid19.nj.gov/#live-updates

4catmom 4catmom
Apr '20

Same thing we did in 2009. Same thing we do every flu season. You can see the numbers on the cdc website for that Jim. This is the kind of response needed if healthy people were dropping dead from this.

Philliesman Philliesman
Apr '20

Healthy people *are* dropping dead from this.

Monty Monty
Apr '20

There are lots of young, healthy people dying from this! Some fighting and some right after initial diagnosis. This is not coming from MSM but real people that work in the hospitals across the country so don't try the 'sensationalized media' line on me!
These numbers are coming faster then a normal flu season. The main concern though is the percentages of people that need to be hospitalized for treatment is much higher than with the flu. Since we don't have enough room nor equipment for the hospitals, the goal is to not have a severe spike.
Maybe we have to overreact a little now since we under reacted early.

Mel81 Mel81
Apr '20

This thread is for posting about Hackettstown news. Off topic posts will be removed.

Moderator
Apr '20

I wonder about the ones that didn't recover, according to the police report.........

Hackresident Hackresident
Apr '20

I'd guess that just means they are still in the process of recovering. Hopefully.


happiest girl

I would really recommend that you sign up for the nixle reports. You can sign up for reports from Hackettstown and any surrounding communities you wish. Most use them for updates such as daily Covid-19 reports, road closures in Hackettstown, including a day or two warning on planned road closures, what events are cancelled, etc. They normally also have an email link that leads you to a page with more complete information, should you want it. When I was commuting between Hopatcong and Hackettstown, I signed up for alerts from all towns on my route, just in case there were any last minute issues or power outages I needed to know about.

The "Next Door" site also seems to be fairly good, especially right now because they also update on the local CV numbers from the Allamuchy Health Dept. Information is always good, as long as you don't let it lead to anxiety or depression.

Phil D. Phil D.
Apr '20

I'm disturbed that Hackettstown police facebook reported 4 recovered cases yesterday, and now it only says 3 recovered. I hope that is a mistake.
:(

happiest girl
Apr '20

HG they just copy the county health dept’s chart from the Warren County website. And that is what it was saying.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Apr '20

Sorry, here's the site: http://www.co.warren.nj.us/

Note: they don't seem to post deaths NOR date of issue. They seem to follow the state although I am pretty sure the state gets their numbers from this Department too. HPD certainly does, but then dates theirs......

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Apr '20

Looking at the site that SD posted it seems the case of Covid-19 are pretty sparse in Warren county on 1/4 of 1% of the total population. That is fantastic. Tet's keep up the great work

Jimt1058
Apr '20

Re: Hackettstown in the News. 2020 edition

SD, here is a graphic from the county showing cases by date.

Musicgal Musicgal
Apr '20

You need to look at the cases and deaths per unit (100,000 people seems to be the unit used most).


holy cr-p! 27 in Hackettstown have the Coronavirus and 20 in Mansfield have it now.

Be safe. stay home unless you run out of food! we have to wear masks now, it's a new requirement from our Governor.

Hackresident Hackresident
Apr '20

Relax.... 27 people in a town of 10,000 people isn't a lot.

Metsman Metsman
Apr '20

Omg. Relax? Very flippant response. Consider the source.......

maja2 maja2
Apr '20

9,724 people in H'town at last census. 27 people is .002277....%, hardly holy crap worthy.

Calico696 Calico696
Apr '20

There are many more cases but these are the tested/confirmed cases. If you have mild or no symptoms you will not get tested. These folks are fine, but while contagious spread the virus.


" 9,724 people in H'town at last census. 27 people is .002277...%, hardly holy crap worthy. "

1) Your math is wrong. It's 0.2776.
2) It's holy crap if it's someone you know.

The concern is not the percentage of the population as of today, the concern is the rate of growth.
I look at the numbers from Sunday evening to this evening (Wednesday) which is 72 hours.

In those 3 days the percentage that has died in Warren went up 50%.
In Morris it went up just shy of 100%.
In Sussex it went up 133%.

That is the concern. It is snowballing.

happiest girl
Apr '20

That's the key, the elderly and sick are quite vulnerable. Some on this forum probably already had it and didn't know.


It's snowballing because the rate of test results is catching up. More than likely these are not NEW cases being reported, but cases that were tested for weeks ago.

Tracy Tracy
Apr '20

Just got a Nixle notice that Schooley's Mountain Road is open again from the intersection of Mountain Ave. to Newburgh. Hopefully that means the bridge work is done.

Phil D. Phil D.
Apr '20

I guess so, went through it. Just needs some final paving from what I could tell.


Town council teleconference meeting (dial in to listen and make comments)


http://nixle.us/BSCD4

Bug3
Apr '20

Cops called for woman trapped inside closed Warren County park
By Sarah Cassi | For lehighvalleylive.comToday 2:59 PM
A barricade and closed signs didn’t stop a woman from driving into a closed Hackettstown park, but the electronic gate kept her from leaving, town police said.

On April 7, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all state and county parks and forests in New Jersey closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Hackettstown police were called at about 1:15 p.m. Friday to Riverfront Park, to help 72-year-old Jeannine Svard, of Vernon Township, get out.

Svard ignored a barricade with a "Road Closed/Park Closed” sign, as well as other signs indicating the park off of Seber Road was closed, according to police.

The electronic gate at the park entrance came down and Svard could not drive out; she was the one called police.

Svard will face a disorderly persons offense for being in a closed park, police said.


Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com.

Lamppost Lamppost
Apr '20

There are always people that think they are above the rules. Shaking my head. Too many people with the 'not me' attitude, while others are so nice about staying put.

DogDayAfternoon
Apr '20

LOL. That's classic. She drove quite a distance to break the law. I would think there are many parks closer to Vernon she could have got locked in! LMAO..


The HPD are getting trashed on fb for arresting her. I think they did the right thing-the directives have been clear, and while I would LOVE to be going to Riverfront Park to walk the trails, there are other places to go at this time.

summerrain1 summerrain1
Apr '20

I think arresting her was over the top a bit

Bug3
Apr '20

It states she was charged. Perhaps she was issued the summons and not actually arrested and brought to the slammer.


If its a summons, she won’t even see court until this is over.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Apr '20

Correct, Greg. No way they would lock her up when they have been letting people out due to the Rona.

Calico696 Calico696
Apr '20

I think closing trails is a little excessive. I understand playgrounds with many surfaces to contact but walking in the woods or along a trail?

The Hipster The Hipster
Apr '20

Not going to lie- I would do more than 'disorderly'...I'm sure I'll get hate for that.

And not just because of the virus. Follow the damn rules regardless people.


Hipster- if you look, there is scientific reports that not only can the virus travel well beyond 6 feet- it can stay suspended in the air for a long time.

Meaning- you can be behind or pass by someone who is jogging or on a bike- think you spaced yourself enough - and still get infected.


If the authorities arrested her, took her into custody and drove her to the station- it seems like a foolish risk of personal space at such a dangerous time.
You gonna infect her?
She gonna infect you?
Worst case, write her a bunch of tickets and send her on her way.
Maybe the force is feeling heat due to the unsolved Dunkin‘ Donuts caper? (HaHaHa)

Stymie Stymie
Apr '20

Why aren't all the people who are parking elsewhere, walking around the barrier to get to the trails not being arrested? Are they not breaking the law as well?? Am I wrong or is that allowed?

auntiel auntiel
Apr '20

Auntiel, that is not allowed either. However she was only caught because she called the police on herself when she got stuck behind the gate. They weren’t patrolling there looking for rule breakers so I imagine there are probably some who get away with walking where they are not supposed to.

I’m almost impressed that she got her car around all those barricades on the way in ... how was that possible??!

Lots of out of towners ripping our police force on Facebook for this but it’s nice to see that locally we seem to support their actions.


She never went to the hoosegow. This person states she is the daughter of the lady. She offers this explanation for the violation of the law. From FB:

Update to the Hackettstown, NJ story where a 73 year old woman was charged by the police by driving through a park and was unable to exit.

"I am writing to say, "shame on the Hackettstown Police Department." My mother is the person metnioned in this story. She spent her childhood in Hackettstown, and most of her close family is buried in Hackettstown cemetery. She just lost her sister and her father in the two years. In this stressful time, she wanted to visit the graves of her family members. There was no one at the cemetery and she did not visit any stores. She decided to go to Seber Road because her family used to have their house there (last name of Seber). Yes, now it is a park, but she remembered it as a residence. She never left her car, and decided that after going down the road to find the house she would turn around. She had no intention of visiting the park. The gate locked her in so she called police. The officer was rude and wouldn't even tell her what he was charging her with. The only way she knew was by reading about herself in the paper. She wore a mask when the officer came to the car. She did not put anyone in danger. Her only mistake was trying to find some peace by reliving some childhood memories. She never went to get coffee, went to a store, or had contact with any people. She is severely stressed over the whole thing. So, please be kind and don't judge."


Bad day at Black Rock for everyone. Really can't blame police or this poor lady or each other for jumping whatever way we did. Police were put needlessly at risk (even with a mask), lady was put through hoops, and we all jumping on whatever high horse we were on....oh well.

Think her age might have led the police to a different solution but with these masks, who can clearly understand anything anyone says. Void the summons, let's move on!

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Apr '20

Lots more people walking on Main Street and West Valley View than walking on the Columbia Trail or Worthington State Forest.
So pick yer poison.

Stymie Stymie
Apr '20

Greg, if this is true I am sure it will be tossed out; but give it 30-60 days as nobody is doing anything now. Hopefully she is not worrying about this, it is not worth it...


Now I know who it was. I am sure she meant no harm, and I understand why she did it. She was wrong however. I wish I knew she was in the area I would have liked to see her and reminisce.

auntiel auntiel
Apr '20

Parks are closed. Stay out. Don't drive around barricades or signs. Don't walk around them either. Police should not have to patrol closed parks. If they do and you get caught the fine should be huge.

I empathize with the woman who was cited but she was wrong. She is a fine person, I'm sure, but police should not be criticized either.

Jim KIng
Apr '20

12 or 72. These are the rules we. Have to live by today, even if it doesn't fit into your plan. Police did the right thing. She brought on her stress by breaking the current law. I have no sympathy for her and I am not that much younger than her.

Jim61
Apr '20

Yes there are rules. So the deal is let’s hold up all the rules not just some when convenient. I can’t begin to count the number of people who take their dog(s) to that park when it is open who do not leash or pick up after. I find that way more offensive than a distraught woman trying to find some comfort.

Distress causes people not to think clearly sometimes. This is a hard time for everyone. I think a warning would have be more fair. I’m hoping HPD does the right thing by this lady. If she were to do again after a warning than that’s a different story. JMO

Walking Girl Walking Girl
Apr '20

My heart breaks for the woman......such a sad story having lost her father and sister in the same year. Sad indeed. That said, no question she went around the barricades and that was wrong.

I just keep thinking the officers had know idea what she had recently gone through. They were just doing their jobs. I do like to think if they knew what she had gone through that day that, if the officer was rude like mentioned, that he would have talked with a more sympathetic tone. I wasn't there so have know way of knowing.

My brother is an officer near Tampa. One night while pratroling the cemetery, which was closed, they came across a very old man holding the stone, crying. Fortunately my brother and his partner took the time to see what was going on. The man had just burried his wife a couple days back and was mourning. Brought a tear to my eyes.

Point is I think policing is more then just making the bust or writing the ticket.

sandblaster sandblaster
Apr '20

Sandblaster - let’s forget and posting it for the public.

Walking Girl Walking Girl
Apr '20

Revenues are down and easy busts were something all small towns rely on. Now there’s very little easy money to get. So they arrest a 72 year old woman during a pandemic posing no threat. Arrested and booked.

Steve Steve
Apr '20

This woman was in the wrong. As we get older we all have lost people close to the us. That does not entitle one to break the the law as part of the grieving process. This person driving her car in a place she wasn't supposed to and having to call the police to get her out could have prevented the police from being able to respond to a true emergency. It also put the police in unnecessary danger because of the virus.

Seriously?
Apr '20

If the cop had known her relatives were townies nothing would have happened..What we have here is a cop desperate to make a ticket quota

bug3
Apr '20

Breaking rules/laws - no excuse. If so, we'd ALL have one excuse or another. That's why there ARE rules and laws.

DogDayAfternoon
Apr '20

I just saw this on Patch - didn't see it posted on a thread. Mod's please remove if previously posted.

https://patch.com/new-jersey/hackettstown/hackettstown-police-want-help-solving-property-theft

JrzyGirl88 JrzyGirl88
May '20

Due to the unfotunate death of Hackettstown Councilman Hinrichs, this Thursday's town council meeting the members of council will be voting in a new councilperson to take his vacant spot. The Hackettstown Democratic party has submitted 3 names to council for consideration and they will vote on 1 of those names. Unfortunately, those 3 names were not made public by the Democratic party as they were made public by the Republican party in 2015 when a Republican spot was vacated midterm.

I suggest those interested in knowing who will represent us as our new councilman tune in to Thursday night's meeting. Log on instructions for the zoom meeting can be found on the town's website. Whoever is voted in on Thursday will serve the remainder of the year and will be up on the Ballot come November.

Jim L Jim L
Jun '20

Jim L

Thanks for the explanation. I was wondering why I got a Nixle alert today about a special teleconferencing meeting between the City Council and the Mayor on June 11. Now I'm "in the know".

Phil D. Phil D.
Jun '20

Does anyone have the call in information for the meeting tonight. It is not on the town website ?


https://www.hackettstown.net/node/1/news

The information is listed on the town website under News and Announcements section.


Man arrested for assault.

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/warren-hunterdon/police-fire/police-1-arrested-1-hospitalized-in-violent-hackettstown-dispute/791917/

Calico696 Calico696
August 4th

Hackettstown bank saves man from wiring $40K to scammers
https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/warren-hunterdon/police-fire/hackettstown-bank-teller-saves-man-from-wiring-40k-to-scammers/792459/

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
August 14th

Great job by the bank. Gramps needs some supervision 24/7 though.


+1 Maja.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
August 14th

Scammers get scammed. View "kitboga" videos on youtube to see the scam in action.


More quarantine news! Different reason! I guess I hit the car wash before I cross county lines.

https://nj1015.com/8-nj-counties-under-quarantine-for-spotted-lanternfly/


Local farm boy finding success on the dirt track... good for him.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/highschoolsports/2020/08/this-warren-county-teen-takes-breaks-from-the-farm-to-blaze-around-the-racetrack.html


maja,
You are not going to stop them no matter how much you wash your car.

dodgebaal dodgebaal
August 17th

Thank you Maja for the web address. I just emailed them about the infestation we are dealing with where I live.
From the article:
"not a threat to human beings or animals."

Ok, WTH? They've got to be kidding. They do not only destroy certain trees they destroy any type of plant. I've seen it for myself. So what does that tell us?

Also, we now have the Killer Hornets that kill Honey Bee colony's. Honey Bees are vital for pollination.

Something to think about everyone...

Sorry, don't mean to be such a downer );

Positive Positive
August 18th

Positive I haven’t seen killer hornets you are talking about, but we do have cicada-killer wasps. Which are horrifyingly large. Is that what you mean?
This is the first year we’ve seen the spotted lantern fly in our yard.


"If the cop had known her relatives were townies nothing would have happened."

So people can break any law they want now as long as they live in that town? Wow.

LibertarianismRules LibertarianismRules
August 18th

"If the cop had known her relatives were townies nothing would have happened."

So people can break any law they want now as long as they live in that town? Wow.

LibertarianismRules


HUH?

Lamppost Lamppost
August 18th

Another upstanding citizen.

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/morris/police-fire/pd-hackettstown-driver-who-stomped-on-glass-pipe-during-sobriety-test-had-heroin-cocaine/793247/

Calico696 Calico696
August 28th

Calico - unfortunately she's just someone in the grips of this awful addiction. Whatever her actions, she's not herself at all. I hope that someone intervenes and compels her to treatment before it's too late. And yes I'm aware that driving she puts others at risk and that's not fair. That's just another reason to compel her to seek treatment.

Walking Girl Walking Girl
August 28th

Series of car break-ins on College View. Don't leave valuables in your car.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/08/string-of-multiple-car-burglaries-including-stolen-car-investigated-in-hackettstown.html


Every year, and always around this time (Sept-Oct), there are lots of car break ins. Shame it's always the same neighborhoods. If I recall correctly, last time College View was hit, a cop had his handgun stolen from his glovebox- they found that clown pretty quick.


A body was discovered about 6 a.m. Monday by NJ Transit employees as the train they were on with no passengers was near Hackettstown Station, a spokeswoman said. It wasn’t clear if the body was on the tracks or nearby, she said. That train did not...
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/08/body-found-near-nj-transit-station-in-hackettstown.html


I saw the Transit officers investigating the scene on the tracks while walking to K-9 Jada's memorial service this morning. I was wondering what they were doing. The large white sheet had me wondering what was up. There was such a large presence of law enforcement in the area it sort of went unnoticed. What a shame.


Read on FB person got hit by train. Hope it’s not true.


The news reports state unsure at this time. One of the reports I heard stated it appeared to be a person struck. None of the companies that use the line had reported a train strike. I will say however the area that was the focus was clearly on the tracks. Tragic.


"Read on FB person got hit by train. Hope it’s not true."

Although accidentally getting hit by a train is not good, it's better than the person having been a victim of foul play and dumped near the train tracks.

May this person RIP.

Calico696 Calico696
August 31st

Does anyone recognize this person:
Just saw this on Neighbors: https://neighbors.ring.com/n/4jODmWWlZK
This was this morning at 3 am in Oak Hill just outside Hackettstown. Contact Independence or Hackettstown police.

Walking Girl Walking Girl
August 31st

A stranger ringing a doorbell at 3 am is obviously weird, but is it an actual crime?

Calico696 Calico696
August 31st

Being from Erie, I find this quite judgmental ;-)

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
August 31st

It's weird for sure. Not a crime though. The person who posted stated their family was "terrorized". While not the approach everyone should take, I would have most certainly engaged with the guy. He may have needed help. Either looking for or needed someone to intervene on his behalf. It appears his state of mind is clearly altered in the video. A 911 call at a minimum should have been placed if the encounter was witnessed at real time.

A deceased person was was found on the train tracks a few hours later just a short distance from there. Who knows...


Terrorized by a kid ringing the doorbell? What world is this?

Calico696 Calico696
August 31st

Exactly. Again not to judge but I will LOL. It would take a lot to "terrorize" me. That sounds like a buzz word to me.


The person on the Ring video looks to be unsteady on their feet and quite possibly either drunk or extremely tired. It's very likely they got the address mixed up and thought they were ringing a friend's doorbell, since it looked as though they were wondering why nobody answered and were somewhat persistant. He didn't look as he was armed, though you can only see what looks like a phone in their back right pocket.


seems to me that's a reason to call 911 and let the police see what help he needs...


Washington Twp (Morris) resident with Hackettstown address? Some parts of twp are served by Hackettstown post office.
https://www.njherald.com/news/20200904/usps-intercepts-meth-mailed-by-hackettstown-man-authorities-say

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
September 6th

LONG VALLEY MAN ARRESTED would taint the image of the Morris County community.

Jim KIng
September 6th

N.J. man gets federal prison for selling faulty machine gun stands to U.S. Army
A Hackettstown man was sentenced to four months in prison earlier this month for lying about the strength of steel used to make machine gun stands his company sold to the U.S. military. The weak steel in the machine gun bipod assemblies and faulty...
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/09/nj-man-gets-federal-prison-for-selling-faulty-machine-gun-stands-to-us-army.html


Bug3

It must have been a slow news day for them. According to this he pled guilty in Dec. 2019 and was sentenced Sept. 10. Took long enough for them to get the news out.

"Mark Colello pleaded guilty in December to two counts of making false statements, according to the online court docket. U.S. District Judge William J. Martini sentenced him on Sept. 10, 2020. Colello was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and served two years of supervised release, online records say.

Colello’s company, Applied Resources Corporation of Wharton, Morris County, made the bipod assemblies for the U.S. Army, according to charging documents. The company won the U.S. Department of Defense contract in April 2015 to make the assemblies for M249 light machine guns."

Doesn't the military do their own testing of the hardness of random samples of the product, perhaps at Picatinny, to verify the information supplied by the vendor? They had the contract for 4 1/2 years, so how many of these failed, either in training maneuvers or in the battlefield? Were members of our Military put at risk or killed or wounded due to this "misrepresentation" or "falsification"? He may not be so lucky with any Civil suits that may arise from this failure as he was with what seems to be a plea bargain.

Just remember too, that just because it states Hackettstown, that doesn't mean that it's in Hackettstown proper. That's just a mailing address covering a wide area;-)


Colello is a townie...his father also had a defense supplying company.


Didn’t the engineers at Applied Resources realize they were working with an inferior metal?

pampurr1 pampurr1
3 weeks ago

pampurr1

That's assuming that he had any engineers working for him. He may have been not just the owner, but also the only engineer. There are plenty of companies like that.


Looked up the company. They had a few employees working there..Disgusting how they put our military in harms way with an inferior product.

pampurr1 pampurr1
3 weeks ago

Probably the lowest bidder, I thought that’s how it works. Get what you pay for.


Getting rough in Hackettstown

A fight last week outside a Warren County emergency room ended with a stabbing and a man severely injured, police said. Kyle Kacicz, 52, of Long Valley, Morris County, is accused of stabbing a 49-year-old Budd Lake man Friday night in the emergenc...
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/2020/09/fight-outside-er-ends-in-stabbing-with-man-severely-injured-cops-say.html


Well, if you are going to be stabbed. The ER is the best Venue for it. Shank’em!

Weedwacker Weedwacker
3 weeks ago

Must not have laughed at his joke. You know, "Shank em if they don't get the joke."


Not cool. This is stuff to the East. Shame on this man, may he leave the area.


Not sure how we missed this one

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/maskless-woman-allegedly-slaps-wawa-employee-after-being-asked-to-leave-store.html


Bug3, I will never understand how people get to hot headed and violent over wearing a mask. Ugh. My gosh, what do people do in major circumstances in their life then? Glad the worker is okay. They go through enough without having to police people with masks.

DogDayAfternoon
2 weeks ago

You have to wonder what a woman from the Bronx is doing in Hackettstown anyway, considering the recent cache of thieves caught at Walmart in Mansfield, from Brooklyn/Bronx area.


I say sentence to public service in the covid ward. They need the help.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
2 weeks ago

mattnyd You have to wonder what a woman from the Bronx is doing in Hackettstown anyway,? what would the people of the Bronx say about people from Hackettstown who ever go to Bronx ARE THEY TRYING TO SMUGGLE IN HORSE MANURE ?? Because that's pretty judgmental on your part

Jimt1058
2 weeks ago

"You have to wonder what a woman from the Bronx is doing in Hackettstown anyway"

Was there a tyrannical Gov. Murphy order that I missed? Are people now not allowed into NJ from states at all?

Calico696 Calico696
2 weeks ago

Last I checked, the Bronx is not a state.

Tyrannical? Seems opinionated. Our NJ flatten-the-curve numbers seem to reflect generally some good moves, albeit not without some fumbles, but basically we have blazed a path on what needs to be done. Sure better than a Tyrannical Rex who can’t even keep his own house, his personal friends, his family safe while getting himself meds normal Americans can’t touch and claiming it’s a nothing burger.

Just wear the mask, follow the protocols, and respect your neighbors. When WAWA worker asks you to don the mask, don’t slap, don’t name call the governor. Just don rhe mask.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
2 weeks ago

Sue me, I left out the word other. Should have read...from other states at all. I think you would realize after all these years of posts that I wouldn't think that the Bronx was a state. Or maybe I come across as stupid to you. IDK. Probably, since we don't agree on anything. LMAO

Calico696 Calico696
2 weeks ago

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