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    A bear charged at and attacked a woman in Sussex County, sending her to a local hospital, state police said. The 34-year-old Lafayette woman was walking on Gorney Road in Lafayette when she saw the bear just after 4:35 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, NJSP Trooper Brandi Slota told DailyVoice.com. The bear then charged and attacked her, causing injuries to her right arm and the right side of her body, Slota said. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. New Jersey Fish and Game was notified of the incident, authorities said.
    LAFAYETTE, New Jersey (WABC) -- A woman is in the hospital after being mauled by a bear in Lafayette, New Jersey Wednesday afternoon.The 33-year-old woman was walking along Gorney Road around 4:36 p.m. when she saw a bear nearby.That's when the bear charged and attacked her leaving wounds on her right arm and along the right side of her body, according to police.EMS transported the woman to a nearby hospital for treatment.New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection was notified of the incident.The DEP reminds the public that while bear attacks on people are extremely rare, these are large, powerful wild animals, and interactions with them must be avoided for public safety and the well-being of the animals.The DEP reminds the public of the following steps they can take to reduce the risk of encounters with black bears:--Never feed or approach a bear.--Remain calm if you encounter a bear. Do not run from it.--Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.--Make sure the bear has an escape route.--If...
    A drunk Teaneck woman sped off after slamming into a traffic pole in Sparta and later denied her involvement in the crash to police, authorities said. Rosa Marroquin, 45, was behind the wheel of a gray Toyota Sienna when she crashed into a light pole at the intersection of Route 15 and Lafayette Road in Sparta around 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, Lt. John Lamon said in a release. Marroquin had initially stopped behind the downed pole but drove off as police arrived, heading south on Route 15, Lamon said. Officers caught up with Marroquin and had stopped her for questioning when she denied being involved in the crash, telling them that the damage to her car was caused by hitting a friend's mailbox, police said. Marroquin was subsequently asked to participate in a series of field sobriety tests, which she did not pass, Lamon said. Marroquin was arrested and taken to headquarters for breathalyzer testing. She was then charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, and several other traffic offenses. Marroquin...
    The body of a Sussex County woman who was found dead months after she disappeared was exhumed from its final resting place in a new development to a cold case from more than 30 years ago, authorities announced. Lisa McBride was exhumed from Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover on Wednesday, March 9, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office said. McBride, 27, had just finished her workday at Lakeland Bank in Newfoundland before attending a concert with four friends in New York City on Friday, June 22, 1990, the SCPO said. She then went to Big John’s Pub on Old Route 23 in Newfoundland, where she drank three bottles of beer, talked with several people, and gave her phone number to three old friends, investigators said. McBride left around 1:15 a.m., claiming that she had to work the next day, and was seen by neighbors returning home shortly before 2 a.m. — the last time she was seen alive. When McBride’s phone went unanswered the following day, a concerned family member entered her home with a spare key and found that...
    A Florida woman who allegedly wrote and cashed checks to herself to steal from several victims pleaded guilty to theft in Sussex County court, authorities said. Nicole C. Grove aka Nicole Kostka, 42, entered the plea to a charge of third-degree theft on Dec. 6, authorities said in a Monday release. Grove, of St. Cloud, Florida, admitted to taking money from victims by writing checks to herself and cashing them. Grove is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 20.
    A Sussex County woman wanted for heroin distribution in Hackettstown was arrested in Newark, police confirmed. Hackettstown Police issued a warrant for Chelsea M. Pruden, 28, with charges for heroin distribution on Nov. 19, authorities said. Pruden, of Andover, was arrested in Newark by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, police said. She was charged with two counts each of distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, second-degree distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a public park and distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of school property. The second-degree charge is punishable by up to 10 years in state prison. The remaining third-degree offenses are punishable by up to five years in state prison. Pruden was being held at the Warren County Correctional Center pending a hearing. The investigation was conducted by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Hackettstown Police Department, Mansfield Township Police Department, Washington Township Police Department (Warren County), and the New Jersey State Police.
    A Sussex County woman is wanted out of Hackettstown for heroin distribution, local authorities announced. A warrant was issued Nov. 19 for 28-year-old Chelsea M. Pruden of Andover, Hackettstown police said. Specifics were not released. Pruden was arrested for crack and heroin possession following a traffic stop over the summer in Mount Olive. Anyone who knows her whereabouts is urged to call HPD at 908-852-3300.
    Authorities have released the identity of the 71-year-old woman killed in a house fire in Sussex County Sunday morning. The blaze broke out at a home on Lone Pine Trail in Hampton Township just after 6:10 a.m., NJ.com reports. Eileen O’Rourke was found dead in the home as officers from Hampton Township, Stillwater, Frankford, Green, Fredon and Andover responded, the report says. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, NJSP Tpr. Brandi Slota told Daily Voice.
    A 71-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in Sussex County Sunday morning, state police confirmed. The second-alarm fire broke out at a home on Lone Pine Trail in Newton just after 6:10 a.m., according to initial reports. The woman was found dead in the home as officers responded, the report said. The woman’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification, NJSP Tpr. Brandi Slota told Daily Voice. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Slota said.
    A 24-year-old mother from Sussex County became the fifth person charged with murder in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Newark man who was ambushed in Paterson earlier this year. Jenna N. Peselli surrendered to Paterson police on Monday and was booked into the Passaic County Jail, records show. She joins two adults – a man and woman, both 19, from Paterson, and two city boys, both 17 – who are accused of planning and executing the slaying of Jose Figueroa at the corner of Totowa and Redwood avenues shortly before 7 p.m. May 1, authorities said. A team of shooters were recruited, transported and positioned to kill the victim that night, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora said in a joint statement. Responding officers found Figueroa in the street with several bullet wounds. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where he was later pronounced dead. An investigation “revealed that the shooting was a coordinated attack involving multiple shooters in multiple locations,” Valdes and Baycora said. They didn’t divulge...
    A 26-year-old woman was hospitalized after a skydiving accident in Sussex County Sunday morning, state police said. The Glassboro woman was injured while attempting to land at Skydive Sussex on Route 639 just before 10:50 a.m., NJSP Trooper Charles Marchan said. The woman was taken to Newton Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
    A Sussex County man with a laundry list of prior convictions threatened to kill a woman with a knife and then assaulted a police officer during a Sunday morning spat, reports say. Sean Jackson, of Newton, is accused of smashing a television, a cell phone and other electronics totaling $2,000 during an argument with a woman at the Merriam Gateway complex in Newton around 4 a.m., Daily Record reports citing police documents. Officers arrived and heard items crashing to the floor, as well as the woman — who was not named — saying she would scream for help, the report says. Police continued to stand outside the doorway and heard screaming and items being thrown at the door, the report shows. Jackson, 52, quickly exited the apartment with his hands up — but then thrashed around and resisted arrest as officers tried to cuff him. Jackson is also accused of kicking a Newton police sergeant twice in the left leg as officers walked him through the lobby of the apartment building, the report says. A large kitchen knife was recovered...
    A Sussex County woman was hospitalized with hip and shoulder injuries after being struck by a car in a grocery store parking lot Thursday morning, police said. Kathleen McMickle of Andover was struck in the parking lot of Weis Market on Water Street in Newton just before 9:45 a.m., Newton Police Lt. Mike Monaco told Daily Voice. She was taken to Newton Medical Center with injuries to her left hip and shoulder, Monaco said. The driver — Maria Fiedorczyk of Newton — was issued a summons for careless driving and is scheduled to appear in Newton Municipal Court. Officers were assisted at the scene by members of the Newton First Aid Squad and St. Clair’s EMS.
    A Sussex County woman involved in an alleged drug operation as the “middleman” will avoid jail time after accepting a plea, reports say. Stacy Sisco, 37, of Franklin, was arrested in February directly after delivering heroin to people she said were “sick.” One of them turned out to be a witness working alongside the Sussex County Narcotics TASK Force, NJHerald reports. “I know what it’s like to be sick; they called me up crying,” Sisco said during a virtual Sussex County court appearance, the report said. “It was my mistake to help them out.” Sisco, along with Tamarri Valentine, 34, and Joseph Bartek, 37, were arrested the same month, the report said. She said Valentine supplied two bundles of heroin when she called him for a meeting between her and the customer on Jan. 30, the report says. Sisco, who pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of CDS, was charged with four initial offenses and could’ve faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to the report. She has been involved with the Morris County Aftercare Center drug treatment...