Community Tips, Cooperation Behind Drug Crackdown In Phillipsburg

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It started with concerned residents reaching out to police.

It ended with nearly two dozen arrests.

A recent drug crackdown in Phillipsburg and 10-day roundup of alleged dealers and users was a team effort, police Chief James Faulborn said last week. Community members relayed tips and information, authorities followed up with “basic police work” and nearby police departments offered a helping hand.

“It was a collaborative effort with us reaching out to the community and the community responding with information,” he said. “Working together with the community and other law enforcement agencies, we were able to execute search warrants and arrest warrants and take the necessary action.”

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Phillipsburg Homicide Victim Identified

Phillipsburg police have identified the victim in Wednesday night’s fatal shooting as Melissa Williams of the 300 block of Spruce Alley.

Williams, 22, was shot several times near her home just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Police have charged 26-year-old Salim R. Newton of the 500 block of S. Main Street in Phillipsburg with homicide and weapons charges in connection with the killing.

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Phillipsburg Police Seek Man In Killing

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Phillipsburg police are looking for a man charged with killing a 22-year-old woman Wednesday night at her Spruce Alley home.

Salim R. Newton of the 500 block of South Main Street in Phillipsburg shot the woman several times, police said. Authorities said Thursday afternoon they were withholding the woman’s identity pending notification to the family.

Newton faces one count of homicide and several weapons charges.

Police have not commented on a motive in the shooting.

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