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Woman gets locked inside closed Hackettstown park, charged with violating governor’s order

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Sussex County woman has been charged with violating the governor’s executive order after being in a closed park Friday, police said.

The Hackettstown Police Department charged Jeannine Svard, 72, of Vernon Township for allegedly violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 107.

On April 24, at around 1:15 p.m., police responded to Riverfront Park, located at 499 Seber Rd, in reference to a public assist, police said.

Police determined that Svard drove around a barricade with signage stating “Road Closed/Park Closed” and entered the park where there is additional signage indicating the park is closed to the public.

Svard was unable to exit the park due to the electronic gate that came down and closing the roadway. She then called police to provide assistance getting her out of the park, police said.

Svard was charged with violating Executive Order 107, for being in a closed park, which is a disorderly persons offense, police said.

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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