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Hackettstown police announce traffic advisory, road closings ahead of memorial service for K9 Jada

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Police on Friday announced a traffic advisory and road closures ahead of a memorial service for K9 Jada on Monday, August 31.

K9 Jada was working Wednesday night, August 19 when she suffered a medical emergency. Jada was rushed to a veterinary clinic where she passed in the company of her handler Officer Christopher Laver, police said.

The following roads will be closed from around 7:00 a.m. to around 12:00 p.m.:

  • West Stiger St between Route 46 (Main St) and Beatty St.
  • Beatty St between West Stiger St and Valentine St.
  • Charles St between West Prospect St and West Stiger St.

The following roads will be closed from around 8:00 a.m. to around 11:00 a.m.:

  • Connie Terrace between Hurley Dr and Willow Grove St (Route 604).
  • Franklin St between High St (Route 517) and Liberty St.
  • Liberty St between Franklin St and Route 46 (Main St).
  • Monroe St between Grand Ave and Valentine St.

The side streets along the procession route in town will be closed from approximately 9:45 a.m. and until the procession has passed, police said.

Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Other roads near the memorial service our subject to closure at any time, police said.

The procession will leave Newton Veterinary Hospital at 9:00 a.m., traveling south on Route 206, right onto Greendale Road (Route 611), which turns into Wolfs Corner Road (Route 611), left onto Kennedy Road (Route 611), Right onto Route 517, left onto Bilby Road (Route 665), right onto Willow Grove Street (Route 604), right onto Main Street (Route 46), left onto Valentine St, right onto Beatty St, and right onto West Stiger St to the Hackettstown Police Department.

The memorial service will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. at the Hackettstown Police Department, located at 215 West Stiger St.

Members of the community are invited to attend the service, or they can pay their respects to Jada along the procession route. Due to COVID-19, anyone attending is asked to wear a face covering if you’re unable to follow social distancing guidelines, police said.

Community members can park along the side streets.First responders and handicapped can park at the Hackettstown Auction Market, located at 225 West Stiger, and the entrance will be off Beatty St, police said.

Any first responder agencies who are planning to attend the service should contact Sgt. Darren Tynan at 908-852-3302 or

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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